Aug 03, 2018 | By Nicole McLennan
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Paris: Although the weather may make for dry conversation, Europe’s record-breaking cold has been a hot topic this season, and now the catalyst behind Roland Mouret’s sumptuous new collection. Set in a glamorous ski chalet, the inspiration was the “big freeze” of 1947 to be exact – a popular decade as of late and one fitting of Mouret’s polished and pencil-slim silhouettes. The body-clinging dresses made their usual cameos, loosely shaped with a few magically placed tucks in swishy silk crepe. Outerwear and layering were the focus, however, namely how to remain sleek and sophisticated in the face of sub-zero temperatures. The 40s thread unraveled in A-line skirts, wide-legged trousers and peplum details; although, the palette of powdery sherbet hues was all 60s synthetic gloss. Lush furs trimmed everything from the sleeves of overcoats to the collars of military-inspired vests. Turtlenecks in technical micro provided some pretense of function and insulation underneath it all – spun out of iridescent yarns and hugging every curve of the body, naturally. – Nivara Xaykao
Silhouette: Fit ‘n’ flare / Round shoulders
Color: Dove grey / Eggshell / Lemon chiffon / Celadon / Sky blue
Key Items: A-line skirt / Tailored utility vests / Sack dress / Wide-legged trousers / Mock turtleneck
Print + Pattern: Scattered fawn spots / Peach-accented glen plaid
Materials: Supple cotton and wool suitings / Silk crepe / Bonded cloqué / Embroidered tulle / Shaved mink / Technical microfiber
Details + Trim: Fur sleeves / Capelet yokes / Flap pockets / Peplums / Crisscross halter necks / Stand-up notched lapels
Accessories + Footwear: Fur collars / T-strap platform pumps / Skinny leather belt
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