tuh-duh- duh-ruh…tuh- duh-duh- ruh…tuh-duh- duh-ruh…I sat eagerly watching the girls sashay
down the runway in their final rehearsal before the show. What could they possibly be readying to
unveil ,while practising to the tune of Suzanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner and Cranberries Dreams? It
was a major throwback. All of a sudden I was cocooned into the splendour of the 90’s even before
having looked at the Fall Winter 2017 collection.
In this mode, it was clear that the aim was to convey femininity. The question remained – what was
going to be the language of the garments that would weave the Guy Laroche identity into the trend
of the era?
The dichotomy of the uber feminine and gender fluidity rides the wave of feminism, portraying a
curious image of the woman of today. At Guy Laroche, they opted for sexiness as the distinctive
backbone of elegance.
The collection proclaims to be the result of inspiration derived from the archives of Guy Laroche in
addition to two photographs, framed by Patrick Bertrand and W.Marshal; both for collections of Guy
Laroche from the year 1971 & 1972 respectively. These photographs depicted a woman in a
seductive long black crepe dress and another in a fur coat.
In the collection you will see an emphasis of clean lined bodycon dresses with plunging necklines,
turtle neck textured knits and pops of luscious pistachio green, cerulean blue, highlighter pink;
purposely staying away from classical primary shades. The patent tan-trench was a drool worthy
piece that would cement a wearer style, championing the notion of blending the old and the new.
Equal parts of allure and luxury, while delving into the past was dedicated to celebrating the female
form, yet empowering her with strong lines and flattering silhouettes. Although none of the pieces
scream out iconic or era-defining novelty, the pieces were definitely wearable. Sharp without being
minimalistic; they are precise, meticulously cut, and stream lined to revisit timeless essentials with
a modern twist.
With consumers obsessed with excess, resulting in copious amounts of wastage; a part of society
is redirecting to a capsule wardrobe. Collections like these provide plenty of ideas of how we can
actually steer away from the superfluous lifestyle and shrink the vast expanse of a trend driven
wardrobe to strong essentials; sure to keep any fashionista ahead of the style game.
By Pancham Hariharan
Video and Editing by Franck Renoir
Hosted by Maiken Lorentz
Photo Courtesy of Guy Laroche