The bell rings: School’s out for summer. Alexandre Mattiussi set his youth-fueled spring show in a Parisian high school, sprinkling real-life students as props among the working press and buyers.
The models were younger than usual, parading looks that oscillated between boyish and playful or masculine and chic.
Checks and stripes were in abundance. The designer introduced a coat in oversize windowpane check for him and her, a nod to his future plans of launching a line for women, “who are stealing their boyfriends’ pieces anyway,” as Mattiussi explained before the show. He constructed a somewhat boxy shirt jacket from Prince of Wales check, while horizontal stripes looked fresh and cool on stand-up collar blazers and varsity jackets worn over denim shirts. Colorful Windbreakers added a sporty touch.
Throughout, nonchalance was the mantra. The torn blue jeans were as vital to the collection as a blue-gray blazer with rolled-up sleeves harking back to Eighties chic, for which Mattiussi said he found inspiration in John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club.”