Irish born, Sharon Wauchob, has explored the world by design, physically through traveling, and aesthetically through her pret-a-porter collections. Shortly after having graduated from Central Saint Martins College in London, she moved to Paris where she was invited by Japanese designer Koji Tatsuno to work with him. Here she learned about textiles and sharpened her Japanese influenced style of asymmetrical cuts and clever drapery. Soon after, she worked with Louis Vuitton, where she explored her creativity and experimental trials. Remaining in Paris, she decided to launch her eponymous line in 1998, specializing in “alternative” fashion.
This season she presented an extremely stunning collection with a start of clean minimalist angles and lines in wool, fur, and silk, which progressed to loose and elegant sheers of chiffon and lace. The simplicity of her color palette, Cream, Grey and Black and only 4 models in Purple and Brown, enhanced the silhouette’s tucks, pleats, drape, fluidity, and movement. Organic, sculptural, and oversized shapes, interesting tie closures, fringe detail, Fortuny style pleats, and subtle Metallic embellishments added to the apparel’s overall beauty.
This particular PFW presentation had an incredibly strong assortment of lace, which exuded more grace than deconstruction. Her approach to the material had a very avant-garde Asian/European aesthetic, a very different look to how it would be interpreted by American designers like Hererra, Lhuillier, Basso, or de la Renta. Where they would cut, line, and shape the material close to the body for a Hollywood Glamor look, she allowed the body’s own skin and curves to show through unlined geometric shapes for an Abstract Beauty effect.
- Elise Goldberg Santiago
Designer website: www.sharonwauchob.com