Marcel Marongiu originally wanted to be a painter and was a student at the Beaux-Arts prior to joining fashion and the house of Guy Laroche in 2007. For fall, his fine art routes re-emerged - he chose to operate a colour palette inspired by Serge Poliakoff's oeuvre that recently came to a close at the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris: filled with muddy khaki, sulfur-yellow and chocolate brown before progressing to deep green and blues, and drawing it all back different shades of Pierre Soulages' blacks.
Putting forward a radical and modern sense of austerity the collection explored a dialogue between a man and a woman - a continuation from previous seasons. Marongiu puts forward a wardrobe of skirts and dresses with the aim of turning feminine details on their heads: frills come in oversized curvaceous volumes, resembling an impenetrable shield to protect the girls. The designer paid particular attention to the construction of coats and jackets with raw-seamed edges that projected outward from tops and pinched waists on coats which appeared hard and sculpted when paired with fluid knee and floor length skirts. This juxtaposition was also evident in the chosen textures - pairing soft cashmere, felt and sheepskin with tough glossy leather in one single look.
For evening, the girls' feminine and fragile side became more prominent. An air of decadence and sensuality filled the room as the girls sped the runway in sheer black sequined polka dot dresses in tulle with a split on the skirt. Certainly more daring and luxurious than the safer looks, it highlighted that the house is also capable of oozing glamour and sexiness alongside downright modern and wearable pieces.
Guy Laroche Autumn/Winter 2014 Looks:
Guy Laroche Autumn/Winter 2014 Backstage:
Runway Photography: Courtesy of Insight Communications Paris
Backstage Videography & Photography: Nicole Gomes
Backstage Video Editor: Alex Phelps