Northern European summers can feel a lot like autumn. Right now, rain is violently pouring from the skies. I say, it’s the perfect time to review an Autumn/Winter collection!
The prêt-à-porter Autumn/Winter 2017-18 collection by Dubai-based designer Jelena Bin Drai draws inspiration from the fabric shops and haberdasheries of Paris’ 18th arrondissement. Home to the Sacré-Cœur, the 18th arrondissement also knows many vintage clothing shops and several boutiques selling African and Arab fashion.
Just like its source of inspiration, the collection showcases unexpected materials, original cuts and playful textures. It features versatile daywear pieces and elegant evening wear. The designer caters to the modern, sophisticated woman by creating luxurious pieces made from high quality fabrics. She taps into the gender fluidity trend by mixing feminine shapes with more masculine and technically functional cuts. Sleek trousers meet romantic bell-sleeved blouses and wool overcoats are paired with elegant dresses.
The colour palette includes neutral shades, creamy whites, black, a dash of gold and rich colours like petroleum blue and green. Guipure lace, wool and crepe are amongst the choices of fabric for this collection.
I adore the lace ensembles with sheer details. C’est tres jolie! I also love the petroleum blue velvet dress with ruffled edges and the green sequined jacket. Must-have pieces in beautiful shades. Suitable for different occasions.
Check out my favourite items from this collection: