For Fall, Sophie Delafontaine envisioned a Parisian woman who is constantly moving forward, ceaseless in her pursuit for what’s new, what’s next.

February 18, 2020

For Sophie Delafontaine, the starting point for the Longchamp Fall 2020 RTW collection was the ’70s, a decade that encapsulates a free mindset, when self-expression was typified by the era’s leading ladies.

Every ensemble stands alone, imbuing a distinct personality, but are all connected through the rich colors and textures. Bomber jackets with pronounced shearling collars cocoon over mid-length skirts or gauzy black dresses that feature embroideries stitched in light wool. Leather Bermuda shorts are paired with patterned jumpers, effervescent blouses, or capes. Shin-grazing coats fit firmly on the bodice and then gradually flare to form a charming shape.

Leather in cognac, suede in terracotta, and patent leather in red are skillfully pieced together with aplomb, transmitting energy and vitality. They recall the colorful artworks of Josef Albers and the saturated hues of John Chamberlain’s sculptures made of deconstructed automobiles.

Tempering the boldness are belts that infuse sleekness and femininity, and knits that touch on the soft, cozy vibe indicative of the ’70s. Further refining the silhouettes—and adding contrast—are heeled knee-high boots in bright hues like green, yellow, and silver.

The Le Pliage takes the stage in various sizes from micro-mini to oversized, while the Roseau, with its signature bamboo hardware, has been given new architectural proportions. Whether it is embossed calfskin made to look like crocodile leather or python, or a mélange of contrasted leathers that form a meccano pattern, every piece packs personality and style.

Get an exclusive look backstage as sense of individualism and freedom of expression is the essence of the Longchamp Fall 2020 RTW runway show.


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