Paule Ka’s SS18 collection preview was an affair to remember - The city’s key editors and influencers were present to celebrate the House’s latest offerings. Guests were invited to The Maine in JBR to discover 2 collections from the Parisian brand; the SS18 pre spring collection, which is the last collection made my former creative director Alithia Spurri Zampetti and the Black Carpet collection designed by the PAULE KA studio, which embodies the Spirit of the founder Serge Cajfinger, who will make his return this fall. Media mingled and explored the rich new collection, touching and feeling the femininity of the fabrics and appreciating the detail of the clothes.
The SS18 pre-collection is inspired by sunset on the City of Lights and colors that slide from the vivid tones of the day to the subtle shades of night. Alithia Spuri-Zampetti envisioned a Parisian woman influenced by many cultural sources, and seeking new horizons. Therein resides the magic of the Paule Ka 2018 Pre-Collection: a delicious slide into the city and the impressions and souvenirs of Oriental voyages.
Little by little, a new day dawns, where the rich tones of winter are awoken by the nascent light of spring. Silhouettes are constructed for a woman out on the town. Paule Ka redefines the pantsuit and transforms daywear into a glorious moment to guide an ever-more active woman. The perfect lines of a crisp wool trouser are paired, here with a jacket, there with a new shirt concept in which habotai and poplin offer their classic feel in service of an incontestably feminine spirit.
As she surrenders to the prospects of summer, the Paule Ka woman traverses the last day winter and her urban environment with ease: a blouse takes on new volumes, a bow restrains a skirt and a cascade of ruffles gives movement to every step. These new associations redefine an open and contemporary wardrobe.
The rich palette keeps the contemporary freshness of the city thanks to colorful and vivid color blocking, a nod to the Seventies and Eighties of Monsieur Saint Laurent. Warm and spicy, they can even reach for burnt tones for flattering pairings with any skintone. Large flower motifs play peekaboo, appearing and fading in a symphony that alternates between pale and mysterious, and assertive, enlivened by almost metallic highlights. This daytime opulence is transformed, step by step into personal orientalism. Mirror of the dream that leaves room for rich fabrics and astonishing textile manipulations, full of grace and evocative power. When nighttime comes, luminous washed pastels threaded in luxuriant satins, foamy crêpe or creased leather as fine as skin transform into generous and fluid pleats.
For the accessories – they are urban inspired and easy to live with and full of poetry. A surprise guest: gloves are back. Well-chosen color pairings and perfect finishes, this indispensable hand ornament has been created to complete a rich collection inspired by travel and intimate secrets. Ode summer, costume jewelry recall the treasures of the sea: clusters of pearls curl around the earlobe, while corals, threatened treasures, are subtly recreated to decorate lariats and brooches. A lobster, dressed in crystallized finery, invites himself to this seaside caper. Bags are present, of course: small and large, they are made for the everyday. A strap, and small clutches, previously relegated to evening, come out to play by day. The new tote bag, now a familiar shape, wears a ruffle while a heart motif reveals its passion red leather when the bag is closed. On the feet, sandals, embroidered slippers and chic moccasins get in step with a nomadic season. Must have of the season, an irresistible babouche, rather a mule than a pedestrian slip-on, gives this collection its spicy and exotic beat.
Summer sketches the timeless portrait of a radiant woman: the Paule Ka woman!