There was something so clearly French about the whole of the Paul & Joe fall/winter 2015-2016 collection, from the materials used to the berets on the heads, the gently tied scarves around the necks and the frilly collars. We saw long shorts that fell but two inches above the knees as well as lots of linen based pieces, including coveralls that had a sort of denim style look. Twill, gingham inspirations and even a touch of Oxford cloth made their way into the line-up, while the use of vertical and horizontal lines created squares in blues and reds, in skirts, and dresses, shirts and jackets. Cashmere wool makes its way on to the stage as well, alongside silk shirt and high shine pants cuffed at the ends.
Sophie Albou is the Paris born designer best known for her Paul & Joe fashion line, named after her two sons and known as a family business above all else. While the trends of the time were black and white, minimalistic and grunge-like, she went for the young, the fun and the vibrant pieces, throwing in vivid colors and reviving the black and white wardrobe in a different way. Vintage was the spirit infused into her fashions and that passion is quite clearly seen up to this day. Since 1998, the Paul & Joe line has been a constant on the Paris Fashion Week runway, also appearing in the best French and international magazines worldwide. The keyword for the line is to fulfill desires, adding a fresh face to the fashion industry.
The comfortable sneaker like shoes are a great match with many of the pieces presented in the Paul & Joe fall/winter 2015-2016 collection, while high shine black shoes and laced up black knee high boots are used at the beginning of the show. Laced ankle boots also make the cut, looking as comfortable as ever and appearing in black as well as teal blue hues, creamy coloring and stark white shades. White with black lacing also appears as knee high boots, while we have to agree that despite its lack of femininity, the footwear designed for this collection is superb.
In terms of trends, we see so many, from the use of floral patterning on the dresses, the scarves, the lining of woolly coats and embroidered onto white lace pieces. There are deep V plunging necklines that dot the collection here and there, but are by no means overpowering, while we are also given a sweet taste of thigh high slits that offer a rather impressive view of toned legs underneath. Lace appears in the collection, as does velvet and cuffed denim, while the dresses do often fall to a midi level. The necks are high when they are not plunging, for the most part, while we make do with the loveliness of that which is thrown onto the runway.
There are even a few sailor looks that have us thinking “Ships Ahoy!” as we watch the striped shirt tucked into the cuffed denim before the red blouse tucked into the navy long shorts appear on the catwalk, the models sauntering through with quite a bit of sass. The pieces look good, very good, and we look forward to seeing the next season’s collection by the label during the Paris Fashion Week once again.
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