"The Guest That Never Checked Out"
The memory of two encounters with actresses from Hollywood’s golden era was the starting point of Lee Paton’s AW16 collection. A meeting with Luise Rainer at a charity ball at London’s Savoy Hotel and Mildred Shay with whom Paton was a personal friend - living every day of her 90’s with as much gusto as she did during the glamorous 1930’s.
One key idea was used this season: effortless luxury. Simple pieces executed with the finest detail. Faye Dunaway photographed lounging by the pool at Chateau Marmont meets Phyllis Gordon shopping for bananas with her pet cheetah.
Monogrammed shearling robes and capes mimic hotel dressing gowns and towels as if the wearer has just stepped out of the pool, a mohair camel coat with hand-knitted mink interior, fuchsia tweed tailoring lined in chiffon with satin bound seams.
The skills of the atelier’s embroiderers are evident this season through detailed silk shading. Roses on sleeves nestled amongst glittering gold sequins and an intricate leopard adorning some soft knitwear. Other techniques appear through Leopard spots made in glass bugle beading resembling exotic fur.
This collection exudes classic style but the modern finishing touches and vibrant palette bring a noticeable energy to the elegant and sophisticated garments.