From its beginnings 20 years ago in Germany with one single cashmere V-neck style in an array of colors, Andrea Karg has developed Allude into a full line of separates, dresses, and shawls that showcase the versatility of the luxury fiber. In a burgundy-heavy palette that was accented with flashes of fluorescent pink and orange and a touch of blue, Karg showed oversized and voluminous shapes mixed with easy tailored jackets and fitted pullovers.
While referencing the 20s through the silhouette and proportions, graphically there was a strong 70s influence in the zig zag patterns and color scheme, combined with the fringe, headbands, and studded leather belts hugging the hip. One large bright floral print seemed oddly out of place, and save for the variety of silhouette the initial allure of the rich burgundy became slightly devalued in its overabundance. But thanks to the moments of texture like the lurex tiger stripe jacquard and graphic intarsia, punches of excitement kept the show from falling flat.
Andrea Karg showed her appreciation of cashmere by staying largely true to classic styles and letting the material be the leader over shape and untainted by embellishment. She has, however, come a long way from the staple separates she began with. This season was really about putting on a show. With all-over sequins and some asymmetrical color blocking, Karg looked for ways to add that something special that makes for exciting fashion. The Paris runway gave her that platform, and her Fall 2012 collection was a convincing argument.
- Lee Anderson, Parisian Correspondent
Designer website: www.allude-cashmere.com
Photographer: Olivier Claisse