COLLECTION WITH A CLASSIC TOUCH
In her Fall/Winter 2011 prêt-à-porter and accessory collection “A Man
and a Woman”, designer Anne Fontaine invites us to take a fresh look at
our wardrobe, mixing classic masculine and feminine designs in the most
chic of French styles.
This winter Anne has chosen a woman who is fragile yet strong. Here,
plays on contrasts in the carefully matched materials and colors make for
an essential wardrobe for a neo-bourgeois, baroque, marine winter.
The classic designs of each of the themes are found in a whole host of
different styles: the reefer jacket and sailor’s tunic for “Deauville”, the
lavallière collar and houndstooth pattern for “Neo-bourgeois” and the
dinner jacket and jabot shirt for “Barockn’roll”.
Taking its inspiration from Claude Lelouch’s iconic film and the spirit of
the French New Wave, the collection is above all a tribute to joie de vivre
in a setting close to Anne’s heart. The scenes from the film shot in Deauville
emphasize the beauty of the landscapes which never fail to inspire
Anne Fontaine’s collections.
The range of colors brings to mind the tones of light with its soft shades
of warm gray, old rose and mauve combined, representing the lingering
dawns and twilight of the Normandy countryside.
The dichotomy of the landscape is also found in the season’s choice of
fabrics: the transparency of cotton voiles, silk chiffon and printed lace
combined with the strength of double fabrics. Soft, comfy, warm cashmere
knits are combined with the lightness of feather prints to warm up
winter.The collection represents both the strength and the fragility of
nature and woman.
Accessories are the finishing touch to the prêt-à-porter line and also pay
homage to Anne’s beloved Normandy. The iconic flower of the fashion
house is present in soft, slightly pink gray tones. Like a delicate stroke of
paint adding depth and intensity to to jewelry, reminiscent of the work
of impressionist painters, nourished by the light and strength of the
The core of the collection also plays special attention to materials. Fabric
jewelery is now available in velvet and wool. Chains, broaches, bracelets
and chokers are created from unique combinations of materials: from
wool-covered metal to flocked velvet.
Fabrics also take pride of place in the lines of leather items: a leather
trompe-l’oeil bringing to mind tweed or a cloth shopping bag with stylized
waves will be the key accessories for winter.