Priscilla Royer went back to school with her pre-fall collection for Maison Michel. Inspired by the way British youngsters express their personal style despite their strict uniforms, Royer spliced necktie fabrics, tartans, corduroy and outsized embroidered emblems onto the house’s high-end headwear and accessories for both men and women, continuing to bring a quirky appeal to the brand.
“I want to insert the collection into today’s lifestyles, make it more flexible so that people are not scared to wear them, and everyone can find their own style,” said Royer.
Her tartan bucket hats had raw edges and exposed seams, while trilbies in a palette that took in burgundy and bottle green were adorned with school-tie fabric. There was a burgundy wool cap shaped to look like a workman’s helmet; a range of brimless caps in contrasting fabrics, and a cross between a flat cap and a deerstalker in thick corduroy and tartan. At its most eccentric, the collection combined a fuchsia tartan with pale pink fake fur trim, for example, on a cat-eared hoodie.
Now one of the brand’s staples, the feline motif appeared in several other pieces, like on a varnished striped straw hat and a pink felt fascinator.
The sartorial theme continued into the label’s other accessories, with glittering diadem-shaped hair clips and mittens with visible seams and giant logos that had a childlike appeal. There were also plenty of more classic hats worked in the quintessential English color palette of the season.