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Véronique Leroy

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SCHOOLGIRL DEVOTIONAL

Paris: A preoccupation with religious iconography is nothing new in fashion, with interpretations of spiritual garb, both literal and abstract, a runway staple. In recent seasons, innocent looks recalling schoolgirl uniforms have taken a parochial school direction, playing with prim buttoned-up-to-the-collar shirt and flirty A-line minis. For S/S 11, Véronique Leroy turned to Medieval Catholic pilgrims for inspiration and brought a new homespun approach to the look, mixing rough linens with silks and sticking to demure, below the knee hemlines. Nubby black and white knits created relaxed matched sets, while narrow piping and slim belts brought a sophisticated finish to many pieces. Sheer fabrics added a naughty allure to both tops and bottoms, with faintly visible undergarments subverting shy silhouettes. A vibrant marigold interrupted the parade of whites and nudes, hinting at a repressed energy ready to break out come spring.

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