Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
March 7, 2017
• Paul & Joe designer and founder Sophie Mechaly learned a thing or two about prints from her fashion designer mom, who worked for the legendary printed shirt brand Le Garage. She also got her eye for hues from dear old mom, “You could say she gave me this sense of color I have,” she said after her show. Case-in-point, the hot pink, orange, and red pant, sweater, and fur hoodie ensemble that came down her runway. And then again in a lip print on everything from a dress to velvet knee-high boots.
• Strong pieces like loose knit sweaters with balloon-like sleeves and wide-wale corduroy pants and belted shirt jackets were in line with the awkward-slash-oversized feeling pervading amongst the cool kids in fashion these days.
• Velour and velvet also ran rampant throughout the collection. The former was used for a slinky cocktail jumper, track suits, and an elongated hoodie worn over a floral-print dress. This was done deliberately in an effort to not be “too chi-chi or uptight,” according Mechaly. Velvet showed up in somewhat dated menswear silhouettes such as a double-breasted jacket and flared pantsuit.
• What made most sense in terms of the Paul & Joe vernacular was a group of burgundy-striped men’s shirting fabric shown with a ruched navy placket laced loosely across the breast in a tunic-style shirt and dress. A smart navy-and-burgundy sweater and skirt also stood out here.
• What didn’t work but seemed to excite the fan-based audience were the pearl denim pieces that, among other reasons, flopped due to the ouch-factor of sitting in a pair of jeans bedecked with pearls. But considering the strength of the business, Mechaly can afford to experiment now and again.