Pierre Mahéo, Officine Générale’s founder and director of creation, was a happy man. On Friday June 25, he finally found back the electric atmosphere of physical fashion shows when his brand was part of a handful of in-person events held during the latest Paris menswear fashion week.
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It was in palatial building on the rue des Francs Bourgeois, in the heart of the Marais district that Pierre Mahéo celebrated his return to the catwalks, but also the return of Parisians to the streets of their beloved capital.
“Will foreign buyers attend the shows? And what about the international press? Wouldn’t it be wiser to wait until next January? All these questions, which were on the lips of my professional entourage, did not curb my desire. I had been keeping a low profile for many months already. And that’s why I wanted to get back to a real fashion show without any further delay. A fashion show where a collection is worn by real boys and girls who live life to the fullest. Models who slip on my designs with effortless naturalness and convey this untamed nonchalance of which I have repeatedly spoken to you about…”, wrote Pierre Mahéo in his note of intent.
He missed the Parisians. He missed social life in the City of Light. And, it was quite naturally to Paris that he wanted to pay an homage.
“I must admit that my inspiration is once again very Parisien”, said the designer. Before continuing: “In the absence of traveling, my mind went on to explore new depths on its own, making me look at Paris with brand new eyes. I took the time to observe Parisians in greater detail, to decipher the allure of men and women who possess a great sense of style without ever overdoing it. I had fun designing this collection by reinterpreting the cuts of the uniforme and the suit, both of which are made up of pieces of the same color”.
It yielded a lineup of brand’s essentials with monochrome looks, in eye-catching navy, olive green, gray, ivory and lavender tones. Not to mention the obligatory suits, but which “are not classic suits in the traditional sense”. Jackets were even more fluid, Pants became widen and almost straight, shirts can be used as a jacket.
In terms of materials, they were light and delicate – some are eco-friendly such as recycled denim – testifying to the know-how of the weavers with whom Pierre Mahéo works. There was light and crisp poplin, Tencel has a silk-like feel, Norman linen, Fresco wool, but also cotton twills from Japan.
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