“For this collection, I was simply inspired by the Ateliers. When I first arrived at Paule Ka, I discovered that the House had workshops with such a level of excellence. This was so beautiful we simply had to tell this story,” says Alithia Spuri-Zampetti. For her first presentation, the Creative Director imagined a journey through the Paule Ka workshops recreated at the Palais de Tokyo in four conversing spaces. These four themes, namely ‘Graphic Lines’, ‘Playing with Volumes’, ‘Couture Bows’ and ‘Trompe-l’oeil and Lace Flowers’, enhance the identity and DNA of the brand and are reinterpreted by Alithia with her own sensibility.
Geometric patterns are a reminder of the 60’s, a key element through the brand’s history. Daywear pieces are built with squared neoprene and technical wool with edges of leather coats painted to modernize the look. The bow is an iconic couture detail for the brand. Alithia reworked it to make it stronger and reunite with volumes. From a pink satin dress with a red bow to a black velvet neoprene with a pink bow, the palette is very couture.
Proportions and volumes are new, lending a modern flair to the allure. Pants with deep pleats and shirts lightly swung in the back, there is structure to the top with lingerie boning. As for the trompe l’oeil, numerous layers of pleated lace are placed on top of each other and scanned. This unique print is then used in dresses and on evening coats. Sophisticated embroideries are also printed on the fabric.