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Inès de la Fressange’s AW17

Inès de la Fressange is one of France’s foremost style icons, with good reason.

In the ’80s, she was the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with an haute couture house: Chanel, no less. At age 51 she walked Gaultier, and lent her likeness to bust of Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic.

We had the distinct pleasure of attending her event at the Ritz Paris last Paris Fashion Week, where we received some amazing photos by Rodolphe Bricard of the FW17 collection, now available at inesdelafressange.fr.

 
Wild Horses

(Photos: Rodolphe Bricard)

It’s a fun, extremely sophisticated collection, somehow managing to be both put together and adventurous. With an equestrian sensibility in some of the pieces, AW17 creates gorgeous juxtapositions of glam (as in the disco-ready pants) and traditionally aristocratic elegance. The collection has an ageless appeal. You could imagine a “woman of means” rocking the looks for a youthful vibe, just as easily as Gigi Hadid or Rihanna.

AW17 creates gorgeous juxtapositions of glam

So often we forget that fashion isn’t just about looks: it’s a tactile experience as well. (One of the reasons we like The Row, for example). Fashion is at its best when it exists for us and us alone.

The new collection makes use of fabrics sure to create a sensory experience: from suede, velvet, corduroy, to silk and wool.

It’s hard to pick out a favorite from so many winners, but the suede multicolor pants, suede miniskirt, and pink jacket seem like “must-have” items for anyone wanting to create a retro look that’s still modern. But the brocade jacket with the floral motif is also a work of art that deserves some very serious consideration.

the brocade jacket with the floral motif is a work of art

(Personally, being a travel accessories addict, I’m still lusting after the luggage tag.)

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