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Thierry Colson

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PREPPY PEASANT

Paris: Though Thierry Colson’s line is still “up-and-coming,” the designer is no rookie to the industry. A former fashion editor and an established stylist, Colson has worked with magazines like Vogue Hommes and Numero, as well as fashion houses like Hermes and Chloe. For S/S 11, Colson designed a collection that crossed French classicism with bohemian romanticism. Separates cut from simple striped shirtings opened the show. Offering a new take on the color-blocked styling trend that has taken over the runways this season, Colson styled stripes of contrasting colors against each other. Preppy tailored silhouettes slowly evolved into softer peasant shapes; a pair of white shirt dresses featuring a wisteria motif marked the show’s midpoint and married the collection’s two aesthetics. Tunics, caftans, and peasant gowns followed, and the shirtings gave way to sheer gauzes and vibrant marigold, fuchsia and eggplant silk shantungs. Tassels ornamented drawstrings and sashes, and golden olive leaf belts were placed high, bringing empire waists to maxi gowns and caftans. The final look, a purple silk tent dress with a sailor collar, summarized the show. Although not revolutionary, the designs were tastefully fresh and concisely executed. Well-edited and wearable, Colson’s collection reflected his business savvy as well as his creative ability.

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