PFW SS18: Maison Michel and Journey to India

PFW SS18: Maison Michel and Journey to India

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“A child in India grows up with the idea that you have to make choices that will create a better future. In fact, your whole life is a continuum of choices, so the more conscious you are, the greater your life will be” – wrote Deepak Chopra about his childhood in New Dehli and his spiritual awakening.

On the Paris Fashion Week designer Maison Michel takes us on the intimate and intellectual journey that is a tribute to India. In his collection for SS18 he found inspiration in the book The Scent of India written by Pasolini Pier Paolo, furthermore in philosophy of Jiddu Krishnamurti about inner connection between meditation and humanity. And also in Samsara written by  Ron Fricke who presented there value of freedom as a heart of every piece.

His collection has five sections: Scarf me up, Seasonal basic, Colonial India, Total freedom, and Rebirth of nature. It kicks off with Indian classicism imported from Colonial Great-Britain, and translates into revisited classics. Hounds tooth caps with embroided badges, bucket hats are adorned with Pierre-Joseph Redouté-inspired illustrations and fabric flowers weaved straw or faded hemp: this orientalised and captive flora seems ready to escape. Next chapter is telling about a longing for liberty with palette of eye-popping, hybrid shapes and scarves. It reminds the Holy Festival that honours nature and fertility. Important is also chapter that is a desire for equilibrium and union between environments, sciences and daily realities. Proposition for that part of collection is juxtaposition of Indian fabrics and British stripes.