If you’ve ever wondered who on earth thought tiny handbags were a good idea, you can blame French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus. Last year, his Chiquito mini totes were all over Instagram and spawned a thousand imitations, in a perfect example of form over function.
So as fashion editors filed into his men’s/women’s runway show in Paris last week, they wondered what impracticalities he’d come up with next.
Instead, Jacquemus showed a collection that was startling in its complete simplicity. Big-name models such as Gigi and Bella Hadid walked in muted linen pieces that totally wearable, mixing form-fitting sheaths with over-sized blazers and layered tops.
“These were super sexy pieces but in an unexpected fabrication,” says our shopping editor Tara Morris, who’s a bit of a fan. “He has a really subtle approach to design that catches sexiness and masculinity.”
Gigi and Bella Hadid walked in muted linen pieces that any woman would want to wear
Linen has been a trend here in Australia for a while, which means stores are full of beautiful, neutral pieces (and some are on sale).
Tara suggests looking for relaxed tailored pieces such as the Witchery vest below, with its obi-style belt, and Country Road’s relaxed and over-sized blazer. Like the Witchery pencil skirt, they’ll work with t-shirts and bare skin now, and layer well for autumn.