Paris Fashion Week SS16: Lemaire

Paris Fashion Week SS16: Lemaire

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Text: Andrea Sim

The beauty in Christophe Lemaire and Sarah Linh Tran's collection for spring/summer is as always, the pared-back ease and the straightforwardness of it all

The looks: Grounded; clothes for real women. Lemaire's appeal has always been its simplicity and practicality where readjustments are not necessary for it to transition from runway to retail. Boxy cuts, shoulder-slits, pleated a-line shirt dresses and roomy trousers are what the Lemaire woman will be slipping on daily next spring. That, and the quality staples from the brand's collaboration with Uniqlo that drops 2 October. 

Buro loves: The proportions of the designs: Sleeves hang down past the wrists; necklines are pleated and anything but sleek; long wide-cut trousers brush the vamp of the shoes. Yet, in the hands of designers Christophe Lemaire and Sarah Linh Tran, the ensembles are anything but dowdy.

Favourite look: Look 30. God is in the details — the exagerrated notch lapels and exposed stitching transformed the modest design into a striking suit. 

Something you might have missed: The silver cuff on the left sleeve (look 5) is not just a bracelet layered over the shirt. It's been intergrated into the design to hold the fabric in place. The result? Generous volume to balance out the fitted neckline of the off-shoulder top. 

Worth the investment: The open weave knitwear vests. Lemaire and Tran proved the versatility of the unassuming top through styling (looks 19 and 27) — layered over a blouse and tucked into high-waisted trousers. 

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