Petar Petrov Spring 2023 Ready-to-Wear Collection

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Everyday clothes are often overlooked during Paris Fashion Week. Everyone talks about dreams, about power dressing, finally about metaverse; no one wants to talk about a coming recession. To combat this, fashion has coined a word for everyday wear that sounds sophisticated: wardrobe. Petar Petrov is pretty good at it, creating the kind of easy-chic pieces that look sleek on the hanger but really slap on the body. This writer, for example, has an oatmeal bias-cut silk dress with a high neck and long sleeves from a previous PP collection that took me from a 9 a.m. office meeting to a dinner party. late at night to a baptism on Sunday morning (not in the same 24 hours, of course). He’s the rare designer who makes clothes that can be sleek, then sexy, then church-appropriate with a simple change of shoes.

There were plenty of equally versatile pieces in Petrov’s extensive spring collection today, which ranged from well-cut denim and suede to relaxed tailoring with a few delicate evening dresses thrown in for good measure. While some pieces leaned toward the current fashion obsession for the year 2000—the low-rise suede patchwork pants, for example—others had a whiff of grunge. “I like the grunge atmosphere: people dress spontaneously; it wasn’t so forced, so stylish,” Petrov said. “That’s what I like, when it looks like you just picked something up off the floor.” It seems more real. When something gets too complicated, Petrov says, he puts the sample away. He also claimed to have discarded the sales results of previous seasons: “I don’t want it to be too thought out, too designed. It has to be light. »

Highlights from this collection, which were featured in a lookbook captured at a former airfield outside Vienna, where Petrov is based, included a caramel brown striped white shirt in a one-size-fits-all fit (designers feel at new browns, FOR YOUR INFORMATION); a lace-up denim tunic; a long black sheer knit dress; a sheer ruffled mini dress worn with a cozy oversized cardigan; and suede pants with wild fringe trim. None of these elements were particularly trend-oriented. As Petrov said, “I don’t want to reinvent everything.” But well-designed pieces that can elevate a look still have their place. His acolytes will find their account there.

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