Paul & Joe’s Fall 2017 RTW Collection Goes Androgynous

Paul & Joe opted for looks that weren’t as sweet as usual for its fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection for Paris Fashion Week. Founder and creative director Sophie Mechaly decided to try something new, choosing silhouettes that were androgynous and strong for her urban consumers.

Paul & Joe Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 RTW Collection - PFW

Much of the Paul & Joe fall 2017 lineup consisted of workwear with unique aspects for the occasion. Some looks, like a green all-corduroy pantsuit, were reminiscent of pajamas but had a strong structure that works for daywear.

Velvet was another key luxury fabric in Paul & Joe’s fall/winter 2017 collection. The first piece of the fabric was an oversized black floral jumpsuit with a lightly cinched waist. It’s a whole lot of floral for a head-to-toe piece, but it will make for quirky workwear. It was even styled with same-floral footwear tucked underneath and a same-floral bag trimmed with fleece.

This pattern was emulated in other looks down the road, with some similar executions. Another head-to-toe style was a knee-length satin dress that, alone, would work well for daywear or workwear. It was paired with three same-floral pieces: the same boots as the first look, a leather fleece-lined jacket and a large handbag trimmed with the same fleece. The pieces were individually perfect for daywear, and putting them together makes for a striking runway appearance.

Paul & Joe Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 RTW Collection - PFW

Paul & Joe Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 RTW Collection - PFW

Paul & Joe Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 RTW Collection - PFW

Mechaly didn’t totally stray from her cute and sweet sensibilities of the past. The looks were updated and integrated in the collection, so her classic aesthetic wasn’t abandoned.

A dark hot pink button-down dress was right on the edge between edgy and cute, with slight bell sleeves and the perfect hem length for a transition from day to night. Bringing in minor accessories would help to steer this look closer to edgy or cute, depending on your personal style. This is a key piece for Mechaly’s switch into a collection focused on stronger colors.

A style that crossed very easily between cute and strong came as a result of pop art hot lips. They first appeared in a pair of suede platform boots that were the same design as the floral ones from earlier in the lineup. Soon after, a flared knee-length dress with a plunging neckline walked with a medium-scaled version of the print. That dress registered as inherently sweet. A head-to-toe lip-patterned pantsuit was another option, as was a green blazer with five large lips decorating the front. The latter was paired with rose pants for an interesting color effect.

Paul & Joe Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 RTW Collection - PFW

Paul & Joe Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 RTW Collection - PFW

Some looks were created in ways that would be easy to turn feminine with small aspects, but Mechaly opted to keep them more androgynous. A pale coral knee-length dress with a tied neckline and bell sleeves read as neutral because of its boxier silhouette and drop hem. Cinching the dress at the waist would have created a lovely feminine silhouette, but the designer’s choice shows the conscious transition she is trying to make for the brand in the season.

Paul & Joe finished off the fashion month official calendar, so choosing to do something a bit more out of the ordinary for the brand was the right way to go. There’s a special sense of finality that comes from watching the final show of a new season, so presenting new ideas is appreciated as a palate cleanser.

Paul & Joe Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 RTW Collection - PFW

Paul & Joe Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 RTW Collection - PFW

Photos courtesy of Vogue

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