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Creative director Mathilde Castello Branco is changing the look of fashion within the Parisian power house of Weill with the launch of her first line for the brand revolving around signature staples worn throughout the day and night.
The Franco-Brazilian used to be the former Azarro creative director from 2011 to 2012, was Alber Elbaz’s assistant at Lanvin for almost 10 years and was the creative director at Princesse tam.tam. She received her training at Paris’ Duperré School of Applied Arts and Atelier Chardon-Savard and joined the brand in July 2017.
She then set out to work on an Autumn Winter 2018 Collection for Weill’s and is now successfully turning heads as well as captivating fashion lovers with her latest apparels illustrating 24 hours in the life of a modern woman.
The collection is modern and versatile including pieces which are easy to mix and match. Its essence features a touch of French chic along with a subtle hint of sophistication and nonchalance.
During the day, the materials take on unexpected motifs such as a cape with large checks paired with slacks in Prince of Wales check. There is also a printed silk design with a cane work motif inspired by Parisian café chairs.
Touches of denim appear everywhere, for example on a trench coat with mixed buttons bearing the carriage sign of the brand, on a short jacket with a bow-shaped collar, or on a flounced skirt and a reinvented Perfecto jacket. The line also features braiding and fraying.
Jackets and coats are designed with a winter and fall-theme in mind such as the black tweed jacket that’s sprinkled in white as if snowflakes remained caught on it. There is also a camel coat that can change in appearance depending on how it’s belted.
Throughout the collection the typical winter hues of grey, brown and black gradually recede with the introduction of more vivid tones, as if announcing the premises of spring.