The luxurious poetry of Ole Yde's collections had the dubious honor of closing what has now become dubbed the Fashion Month. "Fifty days on the road," one photographer even slipped, as guests filed into an elegant salon of the 4th arrondissement's town hall. One couldn't have dreamt a more tonal backdrop for the Danish designer's presentation than these gilded walls.
There is something intensely old-fashioned about the Danish designer's collections, but in the same way that a beautiful masterpiece can express both its original time period and its continuity through the ages. Efficient and sophisticated, YDE's wardrobe aims at an elegant lifestyle, one that doesn't preclude fur (coats and jackets executed by Manakas Frankfurt) or a flash of gold. Beyond that, it played with the old adage of finding safety in numbers: the lineup was rife with feminine proposals such as swingy dresses or more urbane trouser silhouettes. Materials were as upmarket as their usage suggested, with silks and tweeds playing against the mattness of crepe and cashmere. It wasn't the riskiest of collections ― even if those wide-legged shorts pointed away from the classics ― but there's a lot to be said these days about a commercially sound offering that checks all the boxes, including a jumpsuit, the apparent de rigueur item in many lineups this season.