The Prêt à Porter French house stands for a symbol of French elegance and sophistication worldwide with its roots in contemporary Parisian chic
After the departure of Serge Cajfinger a year ago, the Maison appointed a new creative director Alithia Spuri- Zampetti. Since her arrival at 223 rue Saint Honoré, headquarter of Paule KA, Spuri-Zampetti has injected a fresh and modern mood throughout the collection whilst maintaining the codes of the House. PAULE KA has always looked to the 1960’s as a reference point, so for pre- fall 16, Spuri-Zampetti gave the 60’s motif a trendy and relevant hand. She played couture shapes and created volume with lantern-sleeved sheaths, cocoon coats, peplums and full skirts with a modern twist. Playing with proportions, she has added the thinnest layer of padding to the hips of the classic 9-5 dress, producing the perfect littles black dresses.
For daywear, there is a strong focus on separates as Spuri- Zampetti proposes new shapes of pants and tops that will complete the perfect wardrobe for the PAULE KA woman. Mod-inspired miniskirts are paired with silk bow blouses and topped off with the perfect double-breasted officer’s jacket – all in a vibrant and playful mix of colors. A deconstructed pinstripe blazer is matched with a cropped pant, while a ruffled neck blouse is worn with a flared short skirt and a graphic knit top is paired with a tuxedo black trouser.
The bow, a strong signature for the house, is reinterpreted as trompe l’oeil incrustations on dresses, skirts, tops and even on fur.
For evening, Spuri-Zampetti played with abstract necklines and with an oversize lace motif, inspired from French Chantilly, using in luxurious fabrics such as silk satin, organza, chiffon and gold and silver jacquards.
Lace underpinnings add a seductive edge when camisoles are worn under transparent blouses, or paired with volume skirts.
To complete the collection, Spuri-Zampetti introduces a new line of accessories to complete each look. New bag shapes include a ruffled flap bag or a backpack, an abstract flower clutch, a shopper and a bucket bag with playful tassels – all lined in pink. Shoes range from feminine pointy-toe heels with a signature bow to a masculine brogue with a ruffle detail. A ruffled-brim baseball cap anda felt wide-briemmed hat complete the line-up.