Dear Diane and Shaded Viewers,
Here are my highlights from Florence Deschamps in Paris this season…
With Sorapol Chawaphatnakul as director and head designer, and creative direction by Daniel Lismore, SORAPOL is never disappointing to see in Paris. Their garments cross over between couture, eveningwear, and now RTW with a new line of unisex t-shirts, featuring all-over prints from the house’s archive. This season, inspired by India and one warrior princess in particular who was a martyr during the colonial reign, colours weren’t held back, shapes were extravagant, and beading, beautiful. The building dress was boned and handbeaded in London, and was based on the Pink Castle in Jaipur [google it!]. Gradient chiffons and jacquards were just as beautiful, and even the denim was coated with gold sparkles, giving a certain Sorapol energy to the otherwise relatively common textile.
“I’m such a nerd.” The Canadian designer introduced his newest work as one of his more personal statements. Playful and indeed ‘nerdy’, the collection is based on classical school icons, like tweed and tartan, though reconstructed with completely different materials. Tai also made crayon drawings that he then digitally rendered and made into jackets and shirts. Sometimes the simplest concepts create the most honest and lovely results.
Heart Heart Heart
The Dream Series was made in collaboration with Miranda July, who contributed the nice moments of text that’s printed on fine wool scarves. These then interact with the imagery and prints, creating a visual representation of that feeling of being in a half dream-state, though not yet fully awake. Founded by Brazilian designer Iracema Trevisan in 2011, there’s a lovely sense of whimsy in the Heart Heart Heart designs, making this collaboration a nice fit.
After winning Hy