Guy Laroche’s House was founded in the late 1950’s. Back then he was best known for his bright colors, embroidery, and bold modern shapes. His aesthetic was comfort with a bit of mystery.
This season artistic director Mr Marongiu although not presenting very much embroidery or color, did show us innovative designs and shapes with great appeal to today’s customer. Black, white, grey, soft pink, and chartreuse yellow in contemporary styles were finished off with small accents of gold in the metal teeth of a zipper down the front of a hooded sweatshirt, and the gold buttons at the wrist of a shirt. Neoprene, the staple fabric to many of the French design houses for the past few seasons, was used here in trench coats, jackets, dresses, and flirty little skirts with fluted asymmetrical hemlines. Back and forth cascading of fabric that resembled ribbon candy was seen in tops and bottoms alike, and for a little fun and sparkle there was allover fringe on dresses, and white sequins on boxy shapes. A plentitude of tailored white shirts paired with black trousers and skirts were the perfect answer to what to wear to the office, and a fantastic assortment of black and white graphic prints came in every desirable silhouette.
Marcel Marongiu has been at the reins of the long established house since 2007. Maintaining the original essence of the brand without looking dated is the key to moving it forward into the future. The Guy Laroche show closed with an exclamation point by Mr. Marongiu sending out key designs and wrapping up his point of view with the collection’s best looks.
-Elise Goldberg Santiago
Designer website: www.guylaroche.com