Paris Editor Gabriela Billini
Paris Editor Gabriela Billini
Gabriela is a non-native New Yorker who travels the world to understand why people wear what they wear and how. She is an independent fashion reporter, trend chaser, and self-proclaimed beatnik.

Fearless Fashion: Paul & Joe | Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017

Paul & Joe | Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017

Sophie Mechaly understands the individualistic young girl who shops Paul & Joe — she has a range of lifestyles, where not just one type of look will satisfy. From a casual get-together with friends to an elegant dinner out, she wants luxury, comfort and impeccable style.

The first look — a green corduroy two-piece suit — stuck us right in the ’90s, with a bit of a ’70s feel in shape and shag. The H-shapes in the collection felt reminiscent of Chloe staples.

She kept a few tenets of luxury chic from last season, but brought them more down to earth and onto the city streets, just as fashion has taken a turn to more lived-in looks. Look #11 paired a luxe pink velvet bell-bottomed suit with an oversized cozy knit, nailing the high-low approach. Even the hit of silk lapels added a fleeting moment of splendor.

High-Low Luxe

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Pearls were shown in high and low ways, too — on denim, handbags, and onto lace (younger than Ingie Paris, and easily adapted). We saw Nicholas Kirkwood and Givenchy adding pearls onto shoes last fall, and now Paul & Joe take pearls to the heart of the outfit equation. The pearl Canadian tuxedo is top of my list. J’adore.

Having Olivia Palermo in the crowd draws attention to the fact that Paul and Joe stresses good, clean silhouettes, and likes to have fun while doing it. The perfect example of this is my personal favorite, look #10, a wonderful deep-v magenta dress with flounce and feminine vibes. To me, it’s as though Maison Valentino and vintage YSL had a baby.

It’s as though Maison Valentino and vintage YSL had a baby.

Nothing in the collection was fussy or done in bad taste — and the Paul & Joe girl clearly loves a bit of fusion between pieces that look and feel luxurious, and others that are plainly comfortable and easy to throw on. Look #36 embodied this to the “T,” with the heavy, down, quilted coat layered on top of a velvet midi dress. I also loved the decadent velvet jumpsuit worn with velvet creepers, which showed a shabby but clean look, donned with a nonchalant expression. The few metallics, seasoned reds, and moldy greens seen throughout showed little care for color narrowness, but still presented a cohesive collection.

What an excellent end to another season here at Paris Fashion Week. Now that fashion month is over, we hang up our heels and prepare for the spring — through the weather and our wardrobes.


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