The hum of a distant machine whirring through the vast industrial structure of the Grand Palais could be heard beyond the quiet pitter patter backstage, ahead of the Guy Laroche spring/summer 2015 show on Wednesday in Paris.
Creative director Marcel Marongiu talked up his latest designs which hung from silver rails next to the leggy models in waiting for the parade, arranged with the quiet etiquette one would expect from a French house.
“That is my Swedish side,” said the designer, as a model was dressed in a pair of hand woven trousers, made from lurex and silk, which were designed in yellow and blue, the two colors that dominate the collection. “Everything is organized. I hate last minute,” he added.
To create the collection, he worked in old and new techniques, combining artisans like weavers with laser cuts to create a hybrid of old meets new.
Weaving was done here.
“Yes, you can still find weavers in France,” he said.
But his inspiration was classic. Think the luxury sportswear designer Claire Mc Cardell.