« Et à moi,
ça me plait de me sentir femme.* »
Nothing can stop a girl who's in touch with her masculine side yet sticks to her womanly ways. Inspired by the cinematography in the 1970 Italian film The Gardens of the Finzi Contini, the designer accompanies his heroine as she metamorphoses from fearless, flirty girl into uninhibited womanhood, picking up on the "suit/bowtie" dress code along the way and mixing it into her wardrobe.
Her style may be casual, but she has a secret fascination for banker stripes, and revels in wearing them impertinently. A shirt morphs into a bustier, loses its sleeves to reveal the shoulders or returns as a little nip-waisted dress. A tennis spirit wafts over shorts, button-down skirts and jersey tops, in vibrant blue, green and pink, poetic florals and butterfly sleeves. Sheaves of wheat shimmer on large hoop earrings with silver fringe.
Now a woman, she borrows freely from the world of tailored suits, with sharp cuts and bright colors, from khaki to malachite, raspberry and lipstick red... She wears crêpe jackets, pants, dresses and miniskirts with knots at the thigh, their strict lines loosened by shirts in watercolor silk or poplin with lace inserts.
Obviously, she is sophisticated in little shift dresses with a bow at the bust. If a gyspy spirit moves her, she dresses in a column of sequins with cascades of fringe. The notion of a smoking comes to her naturally: she dons the pants and revisits the look with a new jacket, a long sheath with a shawl collar or a shirt/bustier in black, midnight blue and white taffeta.
* "As for me, I like feeling like a woman."
From Micol, Le Jardin des Finzi-Contini, Vittorio de Sica, 1971.