The languid pants, in washed velvet dyed an icy lemon shade, puddled like long pajama bottoms. The elongated biker jacket came in sky-blue double face cashmere, and the boat-neck shift dress in a juicy orange, cinched at the wait with elastic.


Striking and varied color was the big news chez Theory, which presented its resort range on racks at its Paris showroom. Loose and lounge-y, the collection hinged on boxy sweaters sliding off shoulders, wide and flaring pants in everything from corduroy to rib knit, and long striped shirts and shirt dresses —mannish, despite the trailing streamers.


Yet there were still those go-to pieces for urban professionals: a long knife-pleated skirt; pleated and slightly cropped pants; and a sleek technical parka. Vaguely Eighties blouses with funnel necks straddled the office and ath-leisure, with buttons running from chin to wrist, allowing a window onto the shoulders for cocktail hour.

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