There is no designer in Paris doing the French "effortless chic" thing better than Lemaire right now. Fresh off a collaboration with Uniqlo — which will debut at parties in several major capitols on Thursday — and a minority stake investment from Bpifrance, former Hermès creative director Christophe Lemaire and his partner, Sarah-Linh Tran, on Wednesday showed a collection that added a bit more volume than usual to their clean, relaxed clothes.
We were particularly taken with the crisp, papery quality of an oversized smock dress (the opening look) and an off-the-shoulder blouse cut wide at the elbows; as well as a loose black pantsuit, its jacket belt hung askew; and the billowing cut of tawny, high-waisted pants with sweeping side seams. The models moved with such enviable nonchalance — the kind that makes you want to rethink your whole approach to getting dressed in the morning.
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