For any pious fashion girl, catching a glimpse of Fashion Week is a taste of heaven, let alone getting to sit front row to watch an entire show (or more). Local fashion blogger Camille Co is one of these blessed souls who was able to witness a slew of collections unfold during the recently concluded New York Fashion Week. One show she was able to catch was that of Longchamp's Fall/Winer 2020/2021 collection, which, once again, married Parisian chic with the urban sensibilities of New York, a move that creative director Sophie Delafontaine had envisioned upon migrating the brand's outing to New York Fashion Week last 2018.
Camille's OOTD that day was definitely in line with Longchamp's contemporary spin on luxury: streamlined yet playful. She opted for a cherry red head-to-toe look punctuated by an ovoid-shouldered lilac coat, and finished it off with a matching Longchamp Roseau bag and snakeskin boots. Her look garnered the attention of numerous fashion websites such as Vogue, Elle, and Harper's Bazaar.
For the F/W show, Sophie Delafontaine reimagined her French take on urban jungle dressing by taking inspiration from iconic movie stars from the '70s such as Catherine Denueve and Stephane Audran. The result? A compelling, vibrantly colored collection made to achieve nothing more than to empower the wearer.
As one of the show's guests, Camille was besotted not only by the overall ambiance but its ability to seamlessly marry the experimental with the wearable—take it from a girl who's seen the clothes in action. We recently caught up with her so she could tell us about all the fine details that personally attracted her to the collection. Read on to find out!
Fresh and Modern
Despite the brand's decades-old presence in the industry, Camille shares that the pieces felt modern and fit for the city: "First of all, the location was beautiful! It was the perfect backdrop for the collection, with the New York skyline in full view. Although the collection was inspired by iconic Parisian women in the '70s, it still felt 'modern and city chic'—it wasn’t out of place in New York. There was a lot of texture like knits, suede and some fur mixed with retro prints. You’d think the collection would feel loud but I felt it was a quiet kind of cool."
From the collection's many offerings, she found the puffer vest to be the most intriguing. "It wasn’t something I expected from Longchamp. It had a high neck and extended sleeves. Super cool!"
The collection presented a bevy of layered separates, soft shapes, all tied together by warm colors, and Camille's favorite looks were indicative of that.
We all know how adventurous Camille can be when it comes to color-blocking, so it wasn't a surprise to find out how she would personally style some pieces to put together a look she'd wear herself:
"I'd take the blue jacket with the matching dress and finish the look off with the bright yellow patent boots and the cutest little Le Pliage bag in white." (Learn more about these adorable minis here!)
It's not a Longchamp show without a set of covetable bags that matched the clothes' melange of shapes. Case in point: there were oversized Le Pliage totes as well as teeny tiny ones, too. "I loved the Micro Le Pliage! And the mixed-material bags," says Camille.
Most Versatile Piece
As much as anyone would love to make like a Parisian-meets-New Yorker woman, one must take into account the impossible weather of Metro Manila. That said, Camille suggests copping the pencil skirt or midi skirt to go with all your outfits, like the jet-black leather piece as seen above (doesn't it look fabulous with the patent boots?).
"I’d go for the midi skirts—all of them! But most especially the pencil skirts with the matching sleeveless tops. Such beautiful pieces are easy to wear from day to night!"
"I feel like the collection is for women who are independent, confident, and unapologetic. They’re ready to take charge. We live in such a fast-paced world and I work in an industry that’s always on to the next big thing, the only way to keep up is to be on top of things—always ready to take on the challenges with both eyes open."