For SS20 show, benches were set up along the Canal Saint-Martin in the 10th district of Paris, a barge was hired, and the French musician Lafawndah was enlisted to perform on its bow. The models appeared one by one or in pairs from inside the barge in a combination of striped separates covered in logos, hippie-style woven shorts with “Paris” written on the back, and delicate 60’s shapes with geometric cutouts on the front. Bizarre hair and mime looks accomplished some of the styles. That was Yolanda Zobel’s third season. The designer has taken a lead role around contemporary perspective; however, her artistic perception so far hasn’t proven as refined.
While radical nature remains the main characteristic of the brand, Yolanda Zobel is evidently finding ways to design allure out of the sense of urgency and anarchy that seems to be breaking the ground. Her last collection was a manifestation of how dramatic yet dominant that liaison can be. Andre Courrèges would be proud.
Moreover, Zobel remains quite close to historic Courrèges maison virtues, such as short vinyl jackets and liquid trapeze dresses. You could find those everywhere throughout the whole collection, but with an additional impact that has undoubtedly been appreciated by the fashion elite having gathered along Canal Saint-Martin.