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By Shandrolyn Bell, NYC Bureau Chief
Photos Courtesy of Guy Laroche
Paris, France – The House of Laroche is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this season and in style with its newly appointed artistic director Richard René being at the helm.
Monsieur René kicks off his first collection for Spring/Summer 2018 for this esteemed house with a definitive throw-back to the 1970’s and 1980’s. This is the era of free love which pulsated a vibe so prevalent during its time. He saluted the catwalk with 17 signature show stopping looks.
The inspiration of this collection stems from Monsieur Guy Laroche’s most faithful client and friend Mireille Darc. During her career, the actress and the many film directors who filmed her had her wear the house’s signature style throughout her storied career. The silhouettes are lean and structured with accentuated shoulders. The shapes are trimmed to a sharp edge, with sheer cut outs and asymmetric slashes. The once sleepy matt sequins with a leathery finish of 1976 make a strong comeback. Boat neckline evening dresses are reinvented in a sailor stripes top that has been accentuated with sequins and extra-large organza strips.
Of the featured items there is a pantsuit, whose jacket is made of grain de poudre. It features a collar that vanishes via the underside and a coat dress with a trompe-oeil focus. The collection is tastefully accessorized with mod pieces of jewelry that are definitely Studio 54 worthy.