Inspired by the androgynous minimalism of 1990s dressing, Laurie Arbellot and Marion Anais Forand honed their message with their second Minuit collection, combining sharp masculine tailoring with transparent second-skin pieces in high-end fabrics sourced largely in Italy.
The look: Collarless tailored pantsuits with a tomboy feel were paired with barely there silk crepe bralette and accessorized with chain jewelry hung with hand-blown glass baubles. More feminine pieces played on transparency, treated in gauzy muslin or cotton and silk jacquard, or hugged the body in fluid viscose.
Quote of note: “The collection resembles us,” Arbellot explained during a Zoom call. “I love wearing men’s clothes, being feminine but showing just the right amount of skin.”
Standout pieces: A transparent, fitted white cotton and silk jacquard dress with a striped pattern and square neckline; a collarless, single-buttoned white charmeuse jacket, its back featuring a zip down its full length, to be worn open or closed, with black ribbon ties; a mohair teddy-bear dressing gown coat that added a touch of softness to the lineup.
Takeaway: Arbellot and Forand want to fill what they see as a gap in the market for women like them — in their 30s, with an eye for design and a love of masculine-feminine dressing but without the budget for high-end designer brands. Feedback has been strong for their first collection, just arriving in stores, and they didn’t miss a step with this follow-up.