May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: Phoebe Philo said about her inspiration for Spring Summer – “In a way, I was open to everything—no preconceived ideas, very little of me saying no.” Philo was also apparently inspired by Kate Bush – “a woman who knows who she is”. Consequently, this was about a collection that ran along the lines of the whims of need – a progression where work and play were combined into practical shapes. A coat or a tunic all had some unexpected detail whether it be inserts, cutouts and embellishments but all had a utilitarian appeal with a laid back attitude. A chic practicality existed in the sharp tailored outfits with bold topstitching or the knit tops and skirts with unexpected fringing. Floral dresses were softly cut in asymmetric proportions with a slight vintage appeal – all-in-all quite lovely. –Lizzy Bowring
Silhouette: Tailored and utilitarian
Key items: Fitted knitted skirt / Utilitarian top / Tunics / Wide pants / Loose paneled dresses / All-in-one / Trapeze tunic / Coats with cutting and splicing / Dresses with shoulder treatments
Colour: Black / Cream / Off-white / Olive / Citron
Print & Pattern: Florals / Lattice grid appliques
Materials & Knits: Fringing / Topstitching
Footwear: Elasticized ballet flats
Accessories: String belts with bell / Ceramic hand brooch / Pendants with ceramic lips / Shoulder bags
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