May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: Belgian designer Veronique Branquinho is known for her serious, avant-garde collections, so it was quite a surprise when she sent cowboy hats and western boots down her runway for fall. Silk bandanas and bronze studs complimented the countrified references. However, aside from a couple of camp shirts and the aforementioned studded separates, the clothing itself had little to do with the cowgirl-inspired elements. Controlled and minimal, it consisted mostly of slim midi skirts, easy trousers, and second-skin turtlenecks. Coats were a highlight, appearing in a variety of textural materials, such as curly fur, brushed wool, tweed, and leopard-printed pelts. The palette was mostly neutral, with warm beige, chocolate brown, and black as its main components, but pops of lemon yellow and bright green livened things up. Some of Branquinho’s items, such as a citron lamé skirt seemed to have been included expressly as a contrast to the rural references, making the mix of country- and city-inspired items all the more intriguing. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Midi / Slouchy / Boxy / Rounded shoulders / Long and lean
Color: Warm beige / Cream / Chocolate brown / Black / Taupe / Acid yellow / Bright green / Dusty blue / Cinnamon
Key Items: Slim midi skirts / Collarless coats / Slouchy trousers / Second-skin turtlenecks
Materials: Curly fur / Leopard printed pelts / Brushed blanket wool / Felted wool / Lustrous satin / Teddy bear pile / Lamé / Fluid silks / Fine-gauge jersey / Wool suitings / Tweed / Leather
Print + Pattern: Leopard / Large-scale plaid
Details + Trim: Turtlenecks / Contrast panels / Bronze studs / Wide, angular sleeves / High-low hemlines / Satin lapels / Flap pockets
Accessories + Footwear: Cowboy hats / Multiple stacked wooden bangles / Silk bandanas / Wide satin belts / Round-toe pumps / T-strap pumps / Pointy-toe cowboy boots
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