It’s Not Complicated: Gauchère Debuts Fall ’14-------
Marie-Christine Statz is living the dream of many a young designer. When she started her own label, Gauchère, two years ago, it took only one collection for Le Bon Marché to come knocking. One year later, the 31-year-old German-born, Paris-based designer is presenting a second capsule collection for the Parisian specialty store. And although she’s clearly struck a chord in Paris, Statz attributes much of Gauchère’s appeal to time she spent at two American brands: Narciso Rodriguez, where she was an intern, and Diane von Furstenberg.
“At Narciso Rodriguez, I learned about a very graphic aesthetic and minimalism, which I love. The company is small, so I got to be involved in lots of aspects of the creative process,” the designer explained. “From Von Furstenberg, I learned about prints and not to be afraid of mixing colors. Now I have them in every collection.” From both, she notes, she gleaned much about a certain attitude toward dressing. “Clothes have to be easy, uncomplicated. You need to be able to just put it on and go anywhere without fussing.”
For Fall, the designer is channeling a menswear vibe through wide shoulders, V-shapes, and an exploration of checks in fragmented layers of gray brightened with accents in blue or sunflower. “It’s about how things might be connected or disconnected, with a lot of hand-stitched tailoring and detail,” Statz said of her raw-cut silk shirt, chunky knitwear, embossed leather dresses, and coats with laser cutouts. One signature piece really stood out: a detached lapel that can be layered, scarf-like, over the shoulders of a minimalist coat. That’s an easy accent we can really appreciate.