For his Spring/Summer 2016 Collection, Jean-Claude Jitrois transported us to a ’70s pagan playground of laser cut leather motifs and luscious camel suedes. Drawing inspiration from vintage lithographs that highlight allegoric iconography, Jitrois honed in on the free spirit of the time, reflecting on the spiritual movement from his youth. Looser fits were prominent in a beige suede overall dress, stretch leather pants, and cocoon sleeve blouses, yet still maintaining a close and dear resemblance to a second skin.
Leather cutouts were portrayed in blush pinks and emerald, constructed against sheer fabrics that gave the impression of a decorated skin. Jitrois utilized thin leather straps and draped them around tops, providing texture and visual foreplay to garments. The French designer of course constructed form fitted leather dresses, but with a freer state of mind in warm colour choices.
We felt a dash of sophisticated Western chic running throughout the collection. Imagine Abbey Lee Kershaw kicking her boots in the Arizona sand. Jitrois also played with lightness and transparency for the summer to come, liberating the powerful woman to explore who she ultimately wants to be.
Words / Sheri Chiu