Discover Etudes‘ Fall Winter 2018.19 Collection inspired by the underground culture, presented in the basement of a disused Brutalist office building in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, during the recently finished Paris Fashion Week.
“A city has many hidden facets, and its inhabitants the keys to discover them. As citizens of the underground, our collective stories speak of strata and subversion: the accumulated layers of the urban typology and its symbols of industry. Stretching back to antiquity, the human race has mobilized en moose to build upon its own foundations, generation after generation adding to the cultural iconography of the metropolis in its many guises.
The Etudes collection for Autumn Winter 2018-19 explores this conceit, alighting upon a conglomeration of familiar yet incongruous motifs constructing a personal take on a universal theme. Departing from a singular vision, the men’s and women’s collections run in tandem; in a common palette of dark olive, safety orange, camel, silver and Etudes blue, they share humble textiles from Prince of Wales suiting wool to Scottish tartan knits, herringbone cotton twill, quilted nylon, boiled double-face wool, metallic waxed cotton, and washed indigo denim. In a constant evolution of wardrobe archetypes, the field vest is considered as a trompe construction on parka jackets, cargo pants, and a flared skirt, joining multiple iterations of Etudes outerwear’s squared, rigid lines.Jacquard knits, scarves and hoodies reprise the motifs of Greek antiquity, as amphoras and Olympic bodies collide with the codes of contemporary sportswear. Artisan details invoke both industry and craft, as parachute cord is crocheted as garments, or knotted amongst the myriad gadgets on keychain lanyards – the metaphorical ‘keys to the city’.“