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July 30 2014

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The Next Big Thing: Azede Jean-Pierre, Fall ’14

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Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month rolls on, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.

Azede Jean-Pierre

Label: Azede Jean-Pierre

Need to know: To the untrained eye, yesterday’s show had Azede Jean-Pierre trade in her usual nature-instilled offerings for a rolled-out-of-bed, sporty luxe. Not so, Jean-Pierre later explained. All it took was a higher perspective. Referencing an aerial view of the world, the collection bore the details of faraway landscapes in heavy, textural knits. Baubles looked like trees; ribbing resembled rivers; and a night sky, lit like an orange flame, came rendered in lustrous metallic separates.

For her third collection, Jean-Pierre upgraded from a presentation to full-fledged show. Janelle Monáe’s “What an Experience” appropriately kicked off the soundtrack. A slow, swaying collection of rounded, structural coats and slouchy pants paced down the runway. “Can you feel it?” crooned the singer in the background. A standout was an organza blouse worn under a wool sleeveless dress. If Jean-Pierre envisioned her woman donning beanie hats over flouncy dresses by day, then surely she could change into allover leather for night. Confidence, after all, is key to making the transition.

She says: “Initially, it was about wearability,” offered Jean-Pierre. “I wanted the clothes to be something I could throw on and wear all the time.”

Where to find it: Chalk boutique in Chicago, Moda Operandi, and www.azedejean-pierre.com for inquiries.

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