Christophe Lemaire Menswear Spring Summer 2014 Paris

Christophe Lemaire's wardrobe, for both women and men, has been following the same path for a while – a timeless, casual-chic tailoring – that you will never get bored of, as his collections always come with a new edge, an exotic inspiration, desirable coloring, with innovative fabric blends.


“My collections are always about basic, essential ready-to-wear, but it isn't as easy as it looks,” explained the designer in his showroom. “Good basics are a lot about details – and quality detailing takes a lot of work.”


For his summery menswear, the designer borrowed style references from Vietnamese uniforms -using only the diluted essence of army-inspired cuts and shapes- leaving the harsh looking elements behind. Jackets and blousons therefore came in optic cropped shirts, while further coats and jumpsuits had a more rigorous workwear aesthetic to them. Oversized tops and shirts, as well as wide-legged double-pleated pants were mainly crafted from Japanese selvedge denim, washed cotton linen, muslin and poplin – all natural fabrics that perfectly matched the designer's relaxed fits.


“I'm fascinated with beautiful, old postcards. Luigi Ghirri's photographs inspired me a lot, their intense colors somehow faded by the sun intrigued me,” stated Lemaire. Washed out black, midnight blue and light grey, as well as ginger and cinnamon hues and delicate, magnified check patterns thereby formed a discreet and nostalgic color and pattern palette. 

While Christophe Lemaire's collection may not have been unexpectedly striking, it did certainly confirm what we already knew: his name stands for impeccable wardrobe essentials. 


- Elisabeta Tudor
 

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