With a youthful Marianne Faithfull as inspiration, a Swinging London air breezed over Paule Ka’s pre-fall collection.

While the volume in short dresses and skirts referenced Mary Quant, the old-school couture elements, like twisted and draped belts in pastel-hued lace and satin, were more fit for an English queen.

The mostly black silhouettes — long-sleeve trapeze dresses, A-line trenches, little skirt suits — featured undulating motifs traced by inserts in that same colored lace and satin, meant as an homage to Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s buildings. Despite the modernist reference, this charmingly proper collection was more suited for an English tea with grandmother.

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