Veronique Branquinho Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2014 Paris

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Veronique Branquinho Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2014 Paris

Blond bobs and pearly materials were the first impression of Véronique Branquinho’s summer 14 collection, as models sporting French singers of the “Salut les Copains” era sashayed down the wooden runway.

But really, who would wear the pearly iridescence of a sheer 60s dress? As the holographic highlights faded, things got a little bit easier, and just as prettily reminiscent. Tailored separates were put together in vintage-inspired silhouettes: the blazer, denim shirt and teddy jacket were revisited in elongated proportions for a maximalist effect. One wine colored silhouette slithered seductively in the light. Cut in rough linen gave an era-appropriate flavor, while rose gold details and Branquinho’s cuts gave it a firm kick forward in time.

Numerous details betray Branquinho’s unmistakable talent for design, and showcase a desire to provide a smart wardrobe in both senses of the word: trouser cuffs are longer at the front than the back, subtly giving the perfect fit on heels; a small strap secures a slingback pump for ease of wear.

As a finale, out came crisply white variations on the shirt dress; the angels of a bygone era?

Likeable as it all looked, it didn’t strike as distinctively her. Branquinho seems to have lost her aplomb in the transition between her erstwhile strong aesthetic, and this more commercial declination of her work. Plenty of great pieces to choose from, but we’d have wanted to see her vision more firmly.