The moon has long held a lure of mystery, power & wonder in the psyches of human kind. In fact, just tonight, as I left dinner, I looked up with wonder at the crescent moon as the last few rays of sunlight gave way to the dark of night. Entitled “Clare de Lune”, it is apparent Cypriot designer Maria Aristidou has had similar moments & used these lunar musings to inspire her Fall 2019 namesake knitwear collection she showed this week in Paris.
Shown under the moniker of Paris Haute Couture, yet designed & manufactured in Cyprus, the collection consisted of slim fitting, yet not overly body conscious knits, that would be wonderfully at home in a wide variety of situations. Some of the separates are suitable for workplace wear, while some of the most noteworthy pieces, the evening ensembles, would stand up in the most formal of settings. In fact, it was one of the evening dresses, that struck our fancy more than any other, a red long dress with high slit set asymmetrically up the right leg.
Aristidou has found incredible outcomes using yarns in nearly every imaginable combination to create a result that transcends the knit category. She specifies her design process as sourcing yarns in wool, viscose, lurex, cotton & silk that are then composed into a series patterns & designs in various weights depending on the combinations. From there, she tests the fabrics, choosing the ones that most strike her fancy when placed into the garments. The results can be seen walking the runways & soon the streets, restaurants & ballrooms near you soon!
-R. Scott French
Designer Website: www.mariaaristidou.com
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