For his fifth collection, presented in Paris, Los Angeles-based designer Zaid Affas continued his knack for minimal yet masterful tailoring with a 60-piece show aimed at the chic modern art connoisseur — or the woman who wants to look like one.


Inspired this season by sculptor Barbara Hepworth and painter Callum Innes, Affas mirrored the organic curves of the former’s stone orbs and obelisks and the latter’s layering of color blocks over black- and white-based canvases. Wearable coats and jackets featuring oversize sleeves and rounded shoulders balanced streamlined, floor-length skirts, tapered trousers and even the occasional straight miniskirt. While still working in his favored palette of black, white and gray, he added pops of Innes-inspired deep purple — especially effective in a bateau-neck sweater dress.


Affas also continued to develop his own high-tech, subtly shiny fabrics, including a three-dimensional mohair woven with silver threads to resemble Hepworth’s black pebble installations. These he deftly combined with thick double-woven cashmere and fluid silk to create covetable looks. It all should appeal to customers looking to invest in pieces that add a futuristic tinge to their timeless nature.