Fashion
  • Text Lisa Walden
  • Photography Emily Malan
  • 18th January 2018

Folk song

Plenty of versatile layering, meticulous fine fabrics and cool monotone shades at Lemaire made for a serene FW18 show. The nod to cold, winter days came in the form of long fleece coats, tailored black jackets (some lined with wool, others with leather), scarves and black leather shoes, and later emphasised by Moujik pants, caftans and Tibetan coats inspired by Tolstoy’s description of Russian folk clothing. 

Headed up by designers Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran, and best known for their attentive details, paired-back simplicity and ever-wearable pieces, this season the design duo crafted pieces that stayed close to the brand’s ethos. There was a super smart and calming mood to the show that acted as a much appreciated pause in the rush of fashion week: slim grey suits were worn with dusty pink turtlenecks, shirts were buttoned up and boys had their hair tied back into neat, slick ponytails — bon chic.