Set in the famed École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (The National School of Fine Arts in Paris) the Martin Grant Spring/Summer 2013 show was a lesson is beautifully constructed clothes that bring together the art of fashion with clothes that a woman can also wear.
With a collection that included coats, dresses, jumpsuits and separates, it was the careful placement of each pleat or tuck that made each look seem effortless as the models sashayed down the runway.
Asked to name our favourite piece we couldn’t pick just one, there was a finely tailored navy jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and wide leg were perfectly topped with a chic black hat. The following look, a white ensemble of a sleeveless white shirt and panelled miniskirts which resembled pleated white shorts, had us wishing for summer days to return to the Champs Elysee. The navy and red colour blocking was masterful in showing off the womanly form with its careful placement and seaming. Grant showed off his versatility with his addition of bishop’s sleeve and work with chiffon for his evening wear, but the look that took the cake for us was the belted taffeta coat dress which featured a front flap that revealed a pair of perfectly tailored trousers.
Like an effortlessly chic Audrey Hepburn movie set in Paris, Grants designs were equal parts strong, chic and glamorous – needless to say it could be a reason why the timeless Lee Radziwill (sister to Jackie Kennedy Onassis and a fashion icon in her own right) sits front row at his shows every season.
Set to design the new Qantas uniform, his talents which have long been out of the spotlight in Australia, Grant showed that he could do it all.
Gallery: Martin Grant Spring/Summer 2012
We were flown to Paris to watch Martin Grants Spring/Summer 2013 show by Qantas.