Dressing the Everyday Woman
October 19, 2015
By Lynne Quanjel
Photos Courtesy of Agnes B.
Paris, France – French fashion house Agnès B. began the presentation of its new Spring/Summer 2016 collection with a short film introduction celebrating its 40 years. The fashion house is famous for their classic pieces, and for its sense of timelessness that makes the garments wardrobe staples. So to honor its history, the iconic brand pays tribute to the beauty of the everyday woman.
The show opens with two models walking side by side in simple, long dresses, and which have become a signature of Agnès work. They saunter about the catwalk clutching a teacup and a baguette and without shoes as if they have just woken from slumber. The pieces then transgress into more formal business-like garments of fitted blazers and pencil skirts in a combination of styles in black and gray tones. As the show develops we see a series of sixties style op-art motifs, combined with stripped pieces that are iconic of Agnès B. These monochromatic designs really play on negative space, which in turn gives the simple shaping of the garment another dimension that flatters the female form.
Agnes B. is all about representing the natural beauty of the everyday woman and her simple yet chic designs are a reflection of that. The designer commented to that affect, “I want to make clothes that can be kept for a lifetime”.
The beauty about Agnès B as a brand is she doesn’t follow the trends seen by many other designers and this collection is a testament to her free spirit. We see an array of muted tones that transform into psychedelic prints, classic pieces such as the trench coat are updated with color blocking in primary tones of red, yellow and cerulean blue.
The shining star in this collection is the wearability of it. Each piece can be easily taken from catwalk to street, everything and everyone has been considered in this collection. It is this diversity that generates its desirability and commercial appeal.