Creative Director of French fashion house, Longchamp, Sophie Delafontaine brought the essence of Paris to the streets of New York with her Fall/Winter 2020 collection for the maison. In an interview with ELLE Singapore after the show, Delafontaine said, “I wanted to bring this Parisian attitude and spirit to New York.” And she certainly succeeded with a collection that evokes Paris in the 70s, filled with rich autumn tones and eye-catching prints.
“The story of the collection is inspired by iconic Parisian women like Carole Bouquet, Catherine Deneuve and Romy Schneider who are French actresses in the 70s,” she said, “Their movies are Super inspiring. They are Super feminine and elegant but also have strong characters which is the attitude of this collection.” We can certainly see any of the aforementioned stylish women dressed in the looks that walked down the runway. “Retro” textures such as chunky knits, suede and curdoroy have been given a new lease of life when sewn into modern, sleek silhouettes, cinched at the waist.
Perhaps it was the fact that we were in bustling New York, but the quintessential French collection also gave off an all-American vibe that fits perfectly in the New York Fashion Week setting. This speaks on the globalisation of fashion which Delafontaine echoes, “The fact that I am French, showing my collection in New York with models from all over the world… While my collection is heavily influenced by the Parisian woman, I hope that it speaks to the international woman who is travelling, working, etc.” “We all want to be completely confident with ourselves,” she said poignantly, proving that regardless of how wonderful the designs look, it is all about how the garment makes you feel internally that counts the most.