Anaïs Dougnac’s lunar dream
I told you about my initial menswear coup de foudre at Hyères International Fashion Festival, but here is my womenswear coup de coeur: designer Anaïs Dougnac. A romantic collection, which you want to curl up in, complemented by the most feminine and chic accessories, and told with a poetic story.
Inspired by Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince, animation film The King and The Mockingbird and Charlie Chaplin films, the story is an expedition to the moon. A group of young girls are sent to the moon to bring back the fragrance of the moon. And to do so, they have the perfect ethereal and dreamlike outfits: diaphanous dresses and soft lingerie, with sophisticated travel accessories in the purest white: gloves, briefcases, conceptual ankle boots and the necessary detail to fly to the moon: wings.
Again, there is a duality in the collection: romantic and feminine clothes are created with masculine fabrics, sober tones and emphasising a contrast between the materials used: lace and leather mixed on lingerie and boots. The wings are created with handmade feathers of leather and cotton with silkscreen print. And the details are both intricate and playful: hidden heels in the boots, silkscreen printed bow ties.
A graduate from the Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Anaïs has her own very sensitive and poetic world. Who knew intergalactic travel could be so chic? And since Anaïs revealed to me she would like to specialise in accessories in the future, I would not be surprised to see her designing chic cases and gloves for Louis Vuitton in a few years. Or maybe for her own brand, in a cocoon boutique in the heart of Paris or Westbourne Grove…
Oh, and by the way, the girls came back from the moon, and they brought back this amazing fragrance that perfectly completes the collection since, as Anaïs perfectly summarised: ‘A collection is not only beautiful dresses, but also all the accessories to form a complete outfit, and indeed the perfume!’