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Peachoo + Krejberg

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DARK OPTIMISM
As the fashion industry attempts to dig itself out of the recession, Belgian-based designers Peachoo Datwani and Roy Krejberg, aimed to “create an optimistic fashion moment” at their spring show. Subtle signs of life appeared amidst a sea of mostly black — white sheers were draped in diaphanous layers and tiny beads on cutwork tanks added a bit of quiet glitz. Known for their deconstructed aesthetic, the duo seemed to be in a lighter mood: easing up on the piling, substituting tattering for draping, and adding in smart suits and metallic dresses. Jackets and coats had a self belt or tie detail that marked off an empire waist. The lingerie trend infiltrating the runways was given a tailored edge with sheers panels lightening up suitings and transparent dresses worn over basic cotton undergarments and sleek bicycle shorts. The season’s must-have peep-toe socks were done as a slouchy sheer knee-high stocking, paired with gladiator sandals for an offbeat look. Delicate strands of silver chain and tiny crystals topped off these artful pieces like chain mail, bringing in a feeling of protection against whatever dark forces are out there.
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