After a stellar freshman and sophomore year, including a LVMH Design Award nod, designer Christelle Koche is back and ready for action. For her Spring/Summer 2017 showing, presented at Paris Fashion Week, the designer brought her unique hybrid of couture-androgyny to the streets. Oversized, more streetwear centric garments were mirrored with a scientific approach to tailoring, earned from cutting her teeth at Maison Lemarie, Chloe, Dries van Noten and Sonia Rykiel, to name a few. Her show took a big format – shown on the inside of a outdoor shopping premise, attendees sat in stadium seating while models dashed around the expansive layout.
Her way of weaving in both streetwear and couture detailing is stunning. Koche integrates the oversized, buzzy nature that streetwear fanatics line up for, work jackets and oversized polos gave reference to the era of nineties hip hop. Think track pants, high-voltage windbreakers, and ostentatious chains galore. To channel her couture upbringing, crisp linen suits in pastel pinks and flowing dresses the color of a Santa Monica sunset. As much as it was a line heavily rooted in translated streetwear, the couture details really elevated the collection, making it evident as to her LVMH nods. Sequins, feathers, and other extravagant details finished off slips and sweaters alike.