Haitian-born, New York-based Azede Jean-Pierre was on an international trip for spring — for starters, she was showing her collection in Paris for the first time. Exploring hybrid identities of the Caribbean, she played with a bold primary-color palette as well as white, cream, navy and black in this lighthearted, breezy yet artfully crafted collection.
Dresses in mixed materials combined heavy striped knit panels, floating muslin and heavier crêpe layers to striking and elegant effect. A cream and navy jacquard made for a cute schoolgirl-like dress but also worked well as casual pants gathered at the ankles and paired with an ample smock. Chiffon played a strong role throughout the collection, layered as it was in many of the designs, but avoided being overtly girly thanks to the strong color palette.
Chunky embroideries of insects and hummingbirds peppered certain designs here and there as if they had landed inadvertently, while in other places they were a definite motif. There was a lot going on in Jean-Pierre’s offering, but heavy-handed it most definitely wasn’t.