A Breezy Beach Day
October 20, 2015
By Lynn Quanjel
Photos Courtesy of Pascal Millet
Paris, France – “A young, clever woman of the world, a woman who celebrates her freedom”. These are the own words of designer Pascal Millet. They are the clear vision behind the work for his new collection for Spring/Summer 2016. It includes a flux of pieces that are inspired by the 1970’s and Mediterranean culture.
The presentation transports us to a day beside the sea, set against an oceanic backdrop. The show kicks off with an array of crisp white ensembles that reflect the cool morning. It then transgresses into a series of soft pastel tones, before some bold flashes of orange and yellow make an appearance. Their presence provides a nice contrast between the warm and the cool.
Millet incorporates varying textures and patterns that display a large array of techniques, thus giving the collection a great sense of variability, demonstrated through the use of liberty prints. They are offset with soft layering and geometric patterns that are combined with snakeskin-inspired accents. He explains how the variability within his pieces is the driving force behind his collection: “My designs are suitable for any moment, mood and any woman”.
As the sun sets, we see a shift from day to night through the introduction of a more muted sombre colour palette. The black form-fitting designs combine with soft floating materials. They act as a counter balance, along with the use of detailed embroidery that adds a sense of opulence.
Flared trousers, fringing and accessories such as belts and scarfs remind us of the carefree and playful 70’s era. However, the collection has a very modern feel to it. This is achieved through the use of clean cuts and black and white liberty patterns. Another notable point is the focus on the upper body through draped revealed shoulders and backs. The hair and make-up emphasize the summer feel of the collection, the yellow and orange eyeshadow creates a sun-kissed glow while the dishevelled braids emphasise the nonchalance of a breezy day by the sea.
Despite the level of variety on the catwalk, Pascal Millet manages to create a very cohesive and wearable collection. Creating a presentation that is very elegant, feminine and playful, which in turn becomes a tribute to the world’s modern woman.