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Rue Du Mail

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EXPERIMENTAL ROMANTIC

Paris: Martine Sitbon’s Rue Du Mail delicately marries her sophisticated Parisan sensibility with a modern edge, resulting in body skimming dresses and separates enlivened by experimental design details. This season she captured a few of the key ideas of S/S 11, such as a widespread devotion to sheer fabrics and acidic colors. Check patterns were also represented, similar to those seen in Milan last week, but it was the layered, diaphanous tulle which made an impact. An ensemble constructed around a see-through, cobalt blue blouse worked with layers to create a look that was somehow both confectionery and sleek. Working with texture, Sitbon also tried out a feathery tonal fringe for dramatic contrast. Within the collection, a few stabs at new construction techniques were made, most successfully via a sleeveless, belted blazer with exaggerated lapels. Whatever the fabric, pattern or color, Rue Du Mail captured an effervescent and directional mood for spring.

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