Jul 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
Nothing was what it seemed at Veronique Branquinho’s Paris show. With solemn looking models walking out from a black background and on worn tapes Persian rugs, all the attention was on the clothes. An increased interest resulted in remixed trims and details on every single look that came down the runway, including a black shawl collar layered over a midnight blue peak lapel suit, a bouclé wool topcoat with a monochromatic peacoat sewn in underneath, and a sleeveless grey knit worn on top of a tonal tailored jacket. Patterns were used to trick the eye on a puffer vest with printed fur instead of the real thing (PETA should love that). The knitting technique on the sweaters gave the only major pops of color in the whole collection with orange and gold zig-zag and other abstract patterns, all a very interesting tactile detail for texture. A coolness from marine blue showed up on driving gloves and leather bombers. Branquinho does a good job each season at creating unconventional details out of classic clothes.
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