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Tim Van Steenbergen

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Paris: Tim Van Steenbergen continued his exploration of innerwear as outerwear for fall, making unmentionables weather-appropriate by layering them under plush wool, fur and leather outerwear. With their cat-eye glasses and mix of seductive and conservative duds, the models presented a cheeky take on the sexy secretary archetype. Retro-inspired longline bras and high-waisted boy shorts functioned as both the supporting and the fashion layers, but the body-baring fripperies were anything but scandalous when paired with prim A-line skirts and precision-cut blazers. Utilitarian outerwear brought a striking contrast to the ladylike underpinnings, pieced from structured wovens and fluid knits and rigged with drawstrings, chunky zippers, snaps and utility belts. The lingerie theme was also fleshed out in nude rib-knit body-hugging dresses that served as a illusionary base-layer for draped swaths of wool suiting or watercolor-printed silks. In his second season back after a long hiatus, the designer seemed to be stronger and more focused than ever, and will hopefully be sticking around for the long run.
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