By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Stéphanie Coudert
Paris, France – Stephanie Coudert returns to the catwalks of Paris after a long and noticeable absence from the couture world. Beginning with daywear, it is important to note that the collection is well made. Though not so intriguing in terms of style, the collection remains solid and one that can be appreciated the season to come.
It is a bit difficult to assess the story told. The trousers are not the greatest things made in the collection.
She creates pants, waistcoats and long coats in yarn in the first part of the collection. The coats are very nicely done but look more suited to the expectations of a department store more so than to those of a couture client.
The collection becomes interesting only with the addition of the gowns. Long flowing and voluminous, they are the collection’s first authentic elements of couture. The cocktail dresses are appropriately suited to the needs of a couture clientele. This is where we see the designer does successful work with pure lines and moderate volumes. It is such a shame that she did not place more attention on this last section. Her choice to focus more on the daywear while and to not expand the evening wear was a certifiable miscalculation on her part.