PARIS (AP) — Roland Mouret used the black and white stripes of contemporary artist Daniel Buren that lie inside Paris' historic Palais Royal for his spring-summer 2014 show.
It was certainly an inventive way for Mouret to tackle the infectious monochrome trend that's turning into one of the season's biggest stories. Buren is no stranger to the ready-to-wear scene: his stripes have been seen before, notably in a Louis Vuitton collection a few seasons ago. But it was a welcome return.
One long white coat with a round collar was subtly complemented by a top featuring the famed black and white stripes that mark Paris' central landscape. They cropped up on an oversized clutch and as heel straps on pointed stilettos.
But the ode to Buren also evolved into an ode to the beautiful gardens of the central Parisian palace themselves — home to a beautiful array bright flowers. Mouret's black and white coats thus gave way to stripes of bold fuchsia, pale yellow and vivid blue.
The bold hues featured on mini crop tops and on almost collage-like fabric shapes across tight-fitting pants and sheaths. The boldness of the color felt a little too much at times, and the most successful ensembles were the more balanced ones.
The best look was a sectioned-off kneelength dress. The skirt was gray, cobalt blue and fuscia with a jade green and blue "collage" top seemingly stuck on. Among some of the more obvious creations, it was a great abstraction.
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