June 28, 2015
By Marcellous L. Jones
Paris, France –In the first official “catwalk” show for fashion house, Officine Generale, we have a pleasant collection that starts in tones of blue. We find light, practical silhouettes that define today’s urbanite who enjoys getaways in the South of France or even in the countryside.
We find light cotton denim suits in the mix. The traditional volumes in the trousers taper off and become slimmer as they approach the ankles. But one must note that the silhouettes are indeed cut well above the ankles.
In a letter to his guests, founder and artistic director Pierre Mahéo stated, “ I want pleated pants that are large around the waist and thighs, and go on to be tighter at the ankles. They were directly borrowed from Marcellous Mastroianni whose elegant nonchalance still haunts this neighborhood today.”
Mahéo is using his favorite work tools, which include Japanese jerseys, British wools, chino, silk, fresco, cotton and linen indigo.
Khaki and white and tones of grey continued the development of his ideas. We see beautiful scarves tired around the neck; light knit wear, trench-coats, and lots of shorts. I enjoyed the banded collars, which lend the collection an air of comfort and ease.
The outerwear is very important here. We see jackets in technical fabrics and better expressed with very visible silver zippers.His short-cropped jacket in his favorite indigo has large utility pockets and recall easily of the safari trend that never falls truly out of style. Thin leather and suede are used as well to craft short-cropped, simply cut jackets. Some have double zippers and the utility pockets.
When the show was over we were convinced that we have understood Mahéo’s message. He wants men to enjoy an uncomplicated wardrobe that is simple, basic and straight-forward.