August 29 2014

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Pas de Calais Makes Its NYFW Debut


Pas de Calais

Label: Pas de Calais, designed by Yukari Suda

Need to know: Navigating new waters can be difficult, but Japan-based brand Pas de Calais, which opened its first American outpost in Soho last year, seems to be getting along just fine. The range, which is designed by Yukari Suda, has quickly charmed the New York set with its fusion of functional Japanese minimalism with frothy Gallic romanticism.

This afternoon, Pas de Calais will hold its first New York fashion week presentation, and ahead of the show, Suda gave a first look at the Fall ’14 collection, which debuts exclusively here.

After a weeklong stay in Japan’s Shikoku region, Suda found herself dreaming of a simple, bucolic lifestyle. She referenced undulating hills and foliage in an earthy palette of greens, browns, and neutrals. Hefty coats in cloudy alpaca were thrown over relaxed long-sleeve shirts and slouchy trousers, and special care was taken in crafting tie-dye scarves from gauzy cashmere. Suda employed a traditional Japanese dyeing process known as itajime to color deceptively simple cardigans. Her favorite piece, however, is a navy embossed dress styled under a shrunken blazer.

She says: “The Pas de Calais woman has her own style, her own identity. She knows what she likes.”

Where to find it: Pas de Calais at 482 Broome Street in New York, Madison in Los Angeles, and LouisBoston in Boston.

Photo: Courtesy photo

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