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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Clear the Path for the French Female: The Rise of French Women in Fashion

The Dior collection, designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, takes inspiration from the postwar 1950s, with a darker, tougher, “deconstructed” look. The collection is almost entirely black and white, with some shots of dark rose, sapphire and emerald. The metallic thread woven into the clothing allows it to be crinkled at will. Casual perfection is the goal of the clothing. A T-shirt with the words “Je ne regrette rien” (“I regret nothing”) is included in the collection.

The Saint Laurent collection, designed by Anthony Vaccarello, offers an ode to the 1980s era of power dressing, with a focus on shoulder pads. The collection is filled with jackets, sometimes pinstripe, sometimes velvet, narrowing down to pencil skirts and needle-sharp stiletto points. Scarves are worn around the torso and tied at the throat. The silhouette of the collection is a fashion equivalent of the power pose, but also a cliché. The cashmere sweat-leggings paired with a blanket-size piece of velvet or chiffon draped around the torso are an alluringly modern way to get dressed up.

Jonathan James
Jonathan James
I serve as a Senior Executive Journalist of The National Era
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