It was a season of firsts for Kym Ellery. The Australian-born designer chose her Autumn/Winter ’16 Paris Fashion Week show to debut both shoe and denim lines for her namesake brand, which took a fiercely feminine turn for autumn/winter. More than just ‘feminine’, a term the industry often turns to in regards to aesthetic, with its exaggerated features this collection was womanly.
Despite citing the corset as a source of inspiration, the collection continued to play on the house signatures of volume and proportion. Keen to explore how this restrictive 19th century garment could be reinterpreted for the modern woman, Kym Ellery turned the notion of control on its head. Gone were the typical taut lacings and cinched in silhouettes, and in their place free-flowing voluminous shirts and dresses, many with trailing ribbons and ties.
These exaggerated shapes were paired with similarly exaggerated footwear, as never-ending over-the-kneeboots in supersoft leather extended well up to the thigh. We predict these to be a commercial hit.
Colors and textures were similarly decadent. Simple silhouettes became standout pieces courtesy of rich autumnal tones. And clever use of textures, including shimmering lamé and plush fur, added a sumptuous feel, especially when styled with soft velvet boots.
From a starting point of constraint, Kym Ellery’s Palais De Tokyo collection celebrated irreverence. With the notable air of fierceness that surrounded the show, this was a vision of #girlboss that will strike a chord with many.