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September 2 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

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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.

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

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

Azede

Label: Azede Jean-Pierre

Need to Know: Azede Jean-Pierre goes with what feels natural. Only two collections in, the former Savannah College of Art and Design student gravitates toward clean lines and deceptively subtle details.

But Spring ’14 had Jean-Pierre adopting a more devil-may-care attitude. If last season was a stark, wintry affair, then this season was a Technicolor romp through Mother Nature. There were tongue-in-cheek references throughout: from silk linen dresses stamped with creepy-crawlies to glossy, silk faille shirts with winged sleeves. An abstracted view of nature translated into spotted crop tops and jackets in bold yellow, blue, red, and green. Jean-Pierre continued to play with shape and form, too. A black jacket might fall conservatively in the front, but then be raised in the back. Nothing in nature has hard angles, offered Jean-Pierre, which explained her use of rounded hems. Standout pieces included a red crepe dress with zips and cheeky bug detail, as well as a print cutout dress that, from a distance, resembled an upside-down tulip. It was only appropriate that the presentation be staged overlooking the High Line’s urban garden. Jean-Pierre’s girls were seeking nature, yet they were city dwellers through and through.

She Says: “I’m usually designing for a businesswoman who is confident. This season, that girl is going out and going on vacation. She’s having fun with the clothes.”

Where to Find It: For inquiries, visit www.azedejean-pierre.com

Photos: Courtesy of Azede Jean-Pierre