The RÉYES Fall 2007 collection pays homage to the bold sporty look of the mid-eighties re-imagined as clean modern silhouettes with an emphasis on utilitarian chic. Think Elle Macpherson as a cover girl in a neoprene maillot or Teri Toye in an oversized sweatshirt at Nell’s. Contradicting proportions of body hugging vs. boxy and T-shape, flashes of neon taping against dark midnight hues all lend themselves to this cohesive image of a girl who is strong, sexy and open to new ideas.
“Sporty Couture” anchors the collection with technically inspired outerwear. Anoraks, parkas and windbreakers are boxy yet sleek with a strong emphasis on detail. Logo snaps, hefty zippers, self-patent belts, kangaroo and cargo pockets, drawstring waists and zippered-off hems subtly create a polished look.
Dresses and tops carry the same deluxe active-wear tone throughout the collection. The intricate seaming in scuba and swimwear are reinterpreted with contrast piping in order to contour the body. A looser T-shape silhouette is also present making all these pieces a play on proportion. Fitted T-shirts and tie shirts are layered under structured vests and paired with slouchy skinny trousers and tube skirts. For evening, “The Smoking Jacket” is given a new life partnered with a track pant.
Fabrics are versatile for day or evening. Heavy jerseys give a nod to neoprene and technical nylons and pony skin are used in everyday dressing. Wool felts, metallic jacquards and brushed cottons are mixed with luxurious, velvets, georgettes, duchess satins and scribble-printed crepes. Soft cottons are transformed into reinvented classic sweatshirts and stiff taffetas create illusions in funnel necks and Japanese inspired draping.
True to Pop Art icons, Lichtenstein and Warhol, deep blues, blacks, browns and aubergines are splashed with shocking hints of electric blues, hot pinks and neon yellows. Color blocking is key, teals and purples are mixed with greys adding a graphic look to this sporty story.
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