Laurie Arbellot continues to carve her niche with a no-nonsense, nonchalant yet sensual aesthetic for tomboys who like to show a little skin. She played with the contrast between boxy, chunky leather pieces — a cropped white jacket with outsized pockets, a shirt collar and a crinkled sheen was a standout — and rangy, barely there dresses and separates. “The Minuit girl is basically naked under her big jacket,” Arbellot explained.
The fabric is always her starting point, inferring interest and originality to her aesthetic, with texture playing a central role. Here, a full moon shape in white fil coupé jacquard adorned a long bustier dress, a new shape for the season.
Her eyelet cardigans, one of her carryover designs, were offered in deep purple, paired with a matching slinky skirt with a side split and taping to adjust the length, or in a textured Italian silk cotton with a sponge-like, wavy pattern that accentuated the curves. The largely black-and-white palette for the season was interspersed with metallic knits or splashes of orange and eggplant. Mannish pants were worn low on the waist, paired with a cropped vest adorned with rectangular sequins for added sparkle. The Minuit girl may be looking for something sexy, but there was also a comfortable, easy-to-wear feel to Arbellot’s lineup, accentuating its appeal.
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