Paris Fashion Week AW13: Vanessa Bruno

Vanessa Bruno gets personal

It was great to see Vanessa Bruno putting on a show that encapsulated her personal style. This is a designer who long ago perfected the art of wearing oversized boyfriend jackets with a crisp shirt and slouchy trousers or mini-skirt (as she was dressed at her show today). It was as if she had channelled her own masculine-feminine dress code which was good timing, given this has emerged as one of the season’s biggest trends.


She opened with charcoal pinstripe tailoring – loose slouchy trousers, big jackets and shirts with sharp white collars – just the kind of thing Bruno’s customers with one eye on the catwalk and another on their bank balance will throw themselves into when this stuff hits the stores.

Softening up the androgyny, she came up with school uniform pleats on short skirts that came hemmed with a thick stripe of shine, or large silver rivets. Slim V-neck vests, decorated with diamond pattern sequins were worn with those cool slouchy pinstripe trousers and looked like a strong alternative to the dress for a night out. Alternatively, tennis whites – shirt and pleat skirt – looked fresh under a pale grey tailored boyfriend jacket. There were some really strong straight little coats in grey with ribbed white leather details that had a whiff of the 1960s about them and black dresses with vertical strips of silver beading that updated the 1920s flapper.

By the time Cara Delevingne took the final exit, in a white shirt-tailed slip dress covered in a chevron pattern of sequins, it was clear that this collection will make retail gold.

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