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Jacquemus presents a collection inspired by Lady Diana and Marie-Antoinette at the Château de Versailles

News | Fashion

Paris, 27th June 2023

Jacquemus presents an enchanting collection inspired by Lady Diana and Marie-Antoinette at the Château de Versailles

In a picturesque setting at the Château de Versailles, Simon Porte Jacquemus unveiled its latest collection for the autumn-winter 2023-2024 season.

Moving away from the official Fashion Week calendar, the French designer transported his public to an enchanted kingdom, inspired by the iconic styles of Lady Diana and Marie-Antoinette.

Gigi Hadid captivated in a sheer lace dress, Kendall Jenner exuded allure in a voluptuous look, and Mona Tougaard rounded off the show in a long red sheer train reminiscent of lingerie.

This season, Jacquemus made “sexy” the key word.

Alongside sheer dresses and his reinterpretation of the “no pants” trend, as seen on Kendall Jenner in simple shorts on the streets of Los Angeles, the Marseille-based designer explored the slouchy trend in the opulence of Versailles.

The slouchy trend, popularised by rappers in the 1990s, involves wearing trousers low enough to reveal the top of the underwear, a style initially influenced by its emergence in American prisons where belts were banned.

Jacquemus presented ensembles in which underwear took centre stage, enhanced with stripes, jewels and even transformed into tutu-like creations. Could sagging be the new trend?

With a shop in Paris’s famous ‘Golden Triangle’ alongside luxury giants such as Dior, Chanel and Gucci, Jacquemus, at just 33, continues to write a success story that shows no signs of slowing down.

The long red runway on the grass beside the canal resembled an impressionist painting, a deliberate effect achieved by the visionary designer.

Celebrities such as Monica Bellucci, Eva Longoria, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Laetitia Casta, as well as Victoria and David Beckham, arrived on site and boarded small boats to take their place in the front row by the water.

The collection, aptly named ‘Le Chouchou’, played on volume, featuring predominantly white ensembles with touches of black and pink.

Tutus abounded, recalling Marie-Antoinette’s love of ballet, and even the men adopted the ballet-inspired aesthetic, wearing tutus with costumes or opting for more casual looks with oversized jumpers and trousers.

The theatricality of the collection was further underlined by sheer workwear elements, such as waistcoats with pockets.

Jacquemus shared that his inspiration for the collection came from the fusion of Lady Diana and Marie Antoinette’s styles, seeking to create a modern interpretation of this intriguing combination.

He admitted to being obsessed with Lady Diana, collecting magazines from the 1990s with her on the cover. The show featured nods to his “favourite modern princess”, including a white dress with black polka dots and silhouettes reminiscent of 1980s suits and bombers.

The magic of the Jacquemus presentation was enhanced by the choice of music, with compositions by Michel Legrand from the 1970 film “Peau d’Âne” accompanying the catwalk show.

Crédits Photographies : Jacquemus

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