June 26, 2010 Paris
Fact is, this designer's clothes define a strand of style that the world recognizes from French movies. It's slightly boho, slightly scruffy, long on diffidence and charm. All the elements were present here: biker jacket, duffel coat, safari jacket, marine stripes with sailor cap to match; the kind of vintage American influence—army surplus, college boy, baseball jackets, and jeans—that France has swallowed whole since the days of Brando and Dean. What Agnès brought to the party was color, a lightness of touch—the biker jacket was navy cotton, the jeans were purple, the duffel coat was linen—and a sense of humor, which surely explains a Napoleonic detour, complete with sash and bicorne.