From her atelier in the North Marais, Sharon Wauchob said her best results are often achieved by chance: "When you're too controlled, it becomes too precious." So then as chance would have it, the Paris-based Irish designer showed a wonderfully nuanced lineup with a higher proportion of relaxed, softer pieces than in seasons past.
Wauchob has figured out how to treat embroidery and lace the same way she once approached structure—meaning, the precision was there, especially in a skirt where bands of lace had been partway sewn together with different lace inserts completing the shape. Pearls the size of peppercorns appeared perfectly spaced on the top edge of pleats and along seams. Pants, a popular category, came with compact patches of leather and lace, in place of a cuff. A full-length skirt with a thick yoke and partial pleating conveyed an elongated look, even when paired with flats. This, for Wauchob, is what everyday dressing is about. She also made sure to include a few tailored jackets, if only because they preserve the boy-girl balance she likes.
It came up in conversation that today is Wauchob's youngest daughter's first birthday. "There has been a lot of clapping already," she quipped. How about another round?