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Spring Summer 2018 Pre-collection

Spring Summer 2018 Pre-collection

The story of a woman’s journey from St Germain des Près to California and back again. Urbane and engaged, she adores and embodies her spiritual home but loves the adventure that comes of finding herself elsewhere, with new experiences, a fresh perspective and, not least, the joy of mid Winter colour, light and vitamin D.

She packs her case and sets off in search of freedom, wearing her cord pantsuit that’s playfully strewn with boldly coloured anemones, her Grandmother’s favourite flowers. 

On arrival, she finds sisterhood and kinship with the city’s angelic creatures. She enjoys friendships, collaborations and exchanges, embracing her new found home – an idealised Los Angeles of the 70s and 80s, where she can play different roles. Her Parisian anemones migrate onto whimsical necklaces, shoes, her Le Copain bag and denim jeans – using the original Californian work wear fabric as her blank canvas, always worn with a Parisian attitude.

Her exploration of American workwear themes continues, with uniform-like drill culottes, tunics and M65 inspired pockets re-contextualised on navy goatskin or the airiness of linen. This leads her to experiment with menswear inspired fabrics and pinstripes – the fluidity and ease of a traditional lining fabric, re-appropriated as a languid suit or pinstripes applied to velour and denim. She takes her favourite check trench to be customised with rivets, derived from biker culture but, here, worn jewellery-style.

The stripes of St Germain des Près cross-pollinate with surfer shorts and a Californian rainbow or are re-configured, inspired by the sun setting over the Hollywood hills. She unravels the threads of a knitted stripe to make a fringed dress for the beach or a party. Her sweater shows the camaraderie of three women - her own angels, with their hair in waves, palm leaves and flowers in their hair. She carries her new bag – Le Charlie, referencing the utility of a supply bag and blending her two worlds of palm fronds and stripes.


The cafes, bookshops and boulevards of St Germain call. She packs a final treasure trove of striped crochet and returns. Her palm fronds take on the more monochrome vivacity of the city; a suggestion of her house’s name in fil de coupe on a trench or teasing through transparency as she makes her way to 175 Boulevard St Germain.

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