Maxime Simoëns is still struggling to find his place in the Fashion World. He is clearly French, and the pedigree that his clothes come from is obvious (Isabel Marant by way of Balmain.) But the results are still uneven.
There’s a really good idea behind these paneled looks. But the results look like people do in a video game: square edges where there should be smooth, boxy motion where their should be fluid.
Maxime Simoëns hasn’t done one of these pre-collections before, so it’s not surprisingly that for his first time out he got all meta on the subject. The cyclical nature of the fashion business led to the cycle of trends to the cycle of the bust and boom times. This being the end of the great recession, he reasoned, it must be time to head back to the 1930s.
Not depression era styling though. After all the Great Recession is over. Instead he focused on the architectural lines that defined the Art Deco period and started updating them for the 21st century.
Simoens may be best known in this country for Beyoncé sporting her clothes on the cover of 4. The clothes for this show made me think of video games.
The pattern panels make me think of LEDs, and I long for them to light up. More of this fun, after the jump.