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Sophie Theallet's French peasant revolution

A peach and turquoise pleated number, and a

A peach and turquoise pleated number, and a mint green and brown print dress had a slightly vintagey feel, a whisper of a retro French peasant woman whose wardrobe is straight out of the 1950s and ‘60s at Sophie Theallet's spring 2014 show at Milk Studios. (Sept. 10, 2014) Credit: Getty Images

French designer Sophie Theallet embraces color, prints and sensuality --  if you’ve seen her collections before, you know that going in. And this season she didn’t disappoint.

A red Henley top with red-print skirt, a peach and turquoise pleated number, and a mint green and brown print dress (hard to say what the print was exactly -- an abstract, leafy pattern, it seemed, while in motion down the runway) had a slightly vintagey feel, a whisper of a retro French peasant woman whose wardrobe is straight out of the 1950s and '60s.

There are thoroughly modern alternatives, too, like that clingy salmon dress with mesh panels. And black harness tops that serve as trim on full-skirted cocktail dresses. But a harness down the side, that grabs flesh around the waist and hips? That seems a slight misfire. Who would want to grab and bunch the skin THERE? Surely, not even Frenchwomen would dare.

Much more successful was the mustard and magenta evening gown, in a floral pattern, with a long slit up the back of the legs. You’ll be tempted to back into every room you enter.
 

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