Martin Grant Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2015 Paris

French elegance was in the air at the Martin Grant Spring Summer 2015 show on Sunday.  This began with the setting of an opulent gold salon in the hotel Shangri-La which once belonged to Roland, a grand nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte's. It was the perfect backdrop for the collection which contained a touch of French classiness and femininity, despite some modern twists, like the use of shiny black plastic for the opening trench coat, or for a shirt tucked into a pair of three-quarter length trousers or for a mini which was scrunched around the model's thighs.

Aside from a few flourishes here and there, the designs used mostly pencil silhouettes for dresses or jackets that were constructed using simple panels of material and were perhaps tied with a belt. The flourishes of material lent a more voluminous shape, like with the skirts and dresses that bloomed at the waist as if suspended with a wired petticoat.

The looks ranged from bare all to cover up in style. The most revealing was a black one-piece short suit, with a plunging neckline on the top half. At the other end of the spectrum were the more masculine coats that were made feminine with a shiny belt creating a cinched waist, and given a western flavor through a wide brimmed hat.

Materials were rich in nature and there was an opulent look to these designs, which included say the use of white polka dots on a shiny black background for trousers or a mini skirt that bloomed at the waistline like something from Marie-Antoinette's day but much shorter in style. But the polka dots were just the beginning. The designer employed ornate white patterns like icicles found in a frozen landscape to decorate flowing, floor length skirts and dresses and a tube style one-piece mini dress. The patterns could also have been found on velvet wallpaper in such a beautifully decorative room.

The mostly black and white color scheme was punctuated by shimmering golds for sassy trouser suits, and a touch of summer sunshine could be found in a short yellow dress or in the sandals with simple straps showing delicate feet. But otherwise this was quite a dark hued collection that veered towards elegant attire for day or night.

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