“The idea was to have a sense of uniformity but with mobility, pieces that have a certain flexibility to them,” said Samuel Drira.
Indeed, his Nehera lineup carefully considered basics combined comfort, ease and versatility with an understated edge. Silhouettes were layered up, with soft constructions inspired by both the kimono and the white shirt (Drira’s fetish garment), giving the collection a compelling East-meets-West air. Many pieces could be worn several ways, such as the striped ponchos in crocheted tweed and wrap-around chemise dresses. Soft white cotton track pants sported functional cuffs that unzipped to shorten the length. Double-layer T-shirts could be tucked in to create a discreet crop-top effect.
The line’s lovely palette, inspired by the universe of artist-perfumer Serge Lutens, flashed from beige and oatmeal to saturated tones of khaki, rust and black; the fabrics from canvas, raw linen and soft Japanese denim to crisp cottons, fluid cupro and silk. “It’s all about aging [them] beautifully,” Drira said.
Outerwear hits included a roomy black duster coat with a split back and a cool, collarless reversible blouson, its papery waxed leather evoking the lacquered black stage of a kabuki theatre.