Agnès is not only a fashion designer, but also a passionate art lover. For Fall/Winter 2019 Collection, she combines photography, music, poetry and travel with fashion, also with the ingenious use of iconic codes such as stripes and checks to tell her own story of a poetic winter. To continue the 40th anniversary celebration of the classic Snap Cardigan, a wide selection of vintage and new designs is presented this season. Like a mesmerizing fashion museum, it allows patrons to revisit the silhouettes over time and snap buttons from mother-of-pearl to metals, bringing surprises and excitements to fashion addicts.
Agnès loves travel. She enjoys exploring new things and capturing them with her camera. In Images & Poetry series, her photographic works are transformed into the emblematic photo print dresses, from the snowy mountain to the vibrant night scene of London and Paris, taking us with her around the globe.
She also picked a photo taken by Nicolas Floc’h, the resident artist on the schooner Tara as a tribute to the Tara Pacific expedition. The serene scene of fishes swimming in the sea is featured on pleated skirt and pencil skirt. While belts and short capes put an emphasis on the waist line, leather jackets further add layer to the look. A pair of leather gloves and a scarf is also inseparable accessories to create classic French elegance.
True to the nomadic attitude of Agnès, this series is the perfect demonstration of soft, elegant look along your journey. Inspired by wise looks of English girls, earth-tone colors such as brown, beige and white grey are paired with feminine silhouettes such as lightweight and comfortable long dresses, pleated skirts, one-pieces and zipped shirts as a warm welcoming to autumn. Shepard’s check, plaid, graphics, twill and houndstooth pattern entice the look with a retro touch. For winiter, thicker materials such as tweed, wool, conduroy and mohair in darker shades create a wintery ambience. Versatile items such as 2-way shirt/jacket and reversible cape sets allow endless styling possibilities to ensure you travel light. Both light and warm, oversized boy coat and wide pants give flexibility to your weekend wardrobe. And don’t forget the final touch – your beret!
Street style has always been a core element to the brand. In « Street » or nothing? series, Agnès mixes classic codes with street wear to create a layer-on-layer look: skirt on pants, short-sleeved tee on top, hood on cap…. The black and red palette is brightened with touches of pink, blue and yellow for an energetic winter look. Infusing new and classic elements, various artist collaboration graphics and drawings of Agnès are featured together with emblematic elements such as stripes, plaids and snap buttons, offering a reinterpreted “street” style which combines strength and elegance. Coat inspired by Swedish army and sweatshirt are not just cosy and comfortable with enhanced with an urban vibe, to be paired with a large backpack or waist bag to achieve an easy street style for women.
This season, the brand further pushes the boundary of cool street style. Invited by Agnès, artist Lek & Sowat has designed an abstract monochrome pattern, while JonOne has created a “SENGA” logo on a badge affixed to the waist of a skirt or shorts (“SENGA” is the reverse of “Agnès”). As an extension of last year’s collaboration with Everlast, a boxing look in fluid, unstructured shapes in smooth viscose and knits, with a belt at the waist, Bermuda shorts, boxing rope and long boots to pay tribute to the sport.
Agnès also collaborated with Ikon and Kraken who have respectively designed an “octopus” and a “cell-like” drawing for the collection. Fluorescent lined parkas in yellow, orange and green infuse futuristic touch to street style.
The Saint Martin Canal, at the heart of the 10th district, is the meeting and walking place in Paris, where chic and relaxed French looks could be seen everywhere and became Agnès’ source of inspiration. Through this series, she combines red, blue and black with plaids and stripes to recreate the intrinsic elegance of the French. In clean and sleek lines, straight pants, pencil skirts and pleated skirts can be layered with a long trench coat to express spontaneity and effortless charm. An essential accessory of the look, a belt is the secret trick to create high waist line, where a monotone one exudes sophistication and a contrasting color celebrate playfulness. To pay tribute to film producer Jonas Meker who passed away this year, Agnès expresses her love by designing a “Keep Singing” graphic which is the namesake of his memorial movie.
At the same time, she adopts a more subtle palette of warm greys punctuated by blue and purple to create another understated yet romantic Parisian look. Soft and fluid, the warm coats and wide pants are extremely comfortable to wear and exude an airy beauty. Vertical striped long coat can be worn with the slogan tee “Good luck for the rest of the night”, the poetic work of French writer and poet Franck André Jamme, to create a college style. The purple velvet pieces are exquisitely gorgeous to be worn alone, and vibrantly youthful when paired with striped items, allowing you to switch seamlessly from day to night attire.
“What to wear to a wedding?” – This is a question that borders women from time to time. In “At the Wedding Party” series, an array of day and night styles is presented. Couture fabrics such as silk, velvet and tweed in matte or washed black boast absolute elegance, making a true statement with precise and minimal silhouettes. Long or short cape is sweet and adorable, while little black dress with gold voile is both subtle and sharp. For a more audacious look, dare to wear a matte gold dress or a photo print dress of Agnès’ photographic work, to ensure you become the diva of the party.
In keeping with the brand’s tradition, Agnès’ designs a set of wedding dress and suit every year. This year, the design is inspired from the photo 《La Nuit De Noel》taken by renowned photographer Malik Sidibé in 1963. Like the dancing couple in the photo, the wedding dress features clean lines with high collar and is adorned with a small ribbon, while the slim-cut pure white suit for man is simply dapper and chic. The soft and lightweight fabric breaks the rule of bulky wedding dresses, allowing the newlywed to move and dance uninhibitedly throughout the party and share the happiest moments with the crowd.