You would think it was commonplace, but creating a diffusion line that has direct ties to its sister brand isn’t always how things go down. Such was the case, however, with Matis by Lucian Matis, Lucian Matis’s affordable line of wears (as if we needed to clarify that), which showed earlier this week. The collection borrowed its largely black colour scheme along with the notable feather adornments—a definite street-style want—from its older sister label.
Matis featured many a wrap dress in almost every technicoloured pattern imaginable. Trust us, Joseph would be jealous. It’s a flattering shape to be sure, but it would have been nice to see Matis mix up the silhouettes a bit, especially given how great some of the other styles were. Case in point: one simple black shift with elbow-length sleeves and knit outer pockets seemingly made just for a Coachella girl.
The one gaffe of the show was the over-the-top styling; though it was sometimes complementary, it generally needed a good edit. We’re suckers for a good collar and apparently, so is the stylist. Collars were tacked onto almost every exposed neck (and sometimes even in matching fabric). The free-floating neckpieces seemed a little detached from the look, not to mention unflattering.
Eveningwear, which closed the show, completely boggled our minds—especially a beaded, down-to-there dress. What budget? What diffusion line? It looked so haute we’d wear it in a heartbeat.
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