With Pre-Fall collections gaining more & more importance as the harbingers of the coming season, it is becoming one of the more anticipated moments each January when the images start to arrive. Each link & download is, to a writer, like a little gift box. When the e-mail from PR Consulting Paris arrived with the Veronique Branquinho Pre-Fall images, it was immediately evident that a new standard was set. The bar for the season has a new high.
This collection is, in a word: Extraordinary. In every sense of the word
All of the Branquinho trademarks are evident: her moody, dark color story, detailing that calls to mind uniforms, and straightforward, roomy silhouettes that have an ever-present dose of modesty, in fact, she revisits many of the same exact details as her recent seasons’ efforts. Yet, the collection looks wholly fresh, wholly inspired, & complete fresh. Some may see this as a rehash, I see it as a designer who has found her vision, found her design sweetspot & is comfortable in her voice enough to continue to explore a theme versus feel the need to reinvent the proverbial wheel each season.
The texture blocking yielded the most interesting results for the season could be found interpreted in sweaters, coats, pants, & dresses, but worked by far the best on the coats & sweaters. Pants with bold blocked stripes on the legs were worthy of a 2nd & 3rd look as well.
This collection was so rife with interest that it is hard to choose but a few pieces. I feel bad for the buyers who will be faced with just such a task as they sit over the next few weeks to write their orders… a tough, but glorious predicament when faced with fashion of this ilk.
Publicity: PR Consulting