Valérie Dumaine - spring/summer 2007

Reminding us that summer is at once meant for innocent afternoons and boogie nights, Valérie Dumaine lets fly with her spring/summer 2007 collection.

The summer gingham and dimpled cotton is worlds apart from the re-vamped 80’s black bolero, and I have the sneaking suspicion that’s exactly how Dumaine likes it. Is that a skirt with suspenders or a swooping tunic? When the fashions are this good, it doesn’t matter.

A-lines flutter here and there, notably on a saucy half-length black dress. A popping crimson trench coat also boasts this alarmingly modern retro cut. This is not just a showpiece—button-up utility dresses also proudly strut their stuff in this provocative red. A black trench coat with leather belt provides a darker alternative to this item, and is also indicative of Dumaine’s desire to touch as many bases as possible without going off-track..

This collection, in an unpretentious way, updates classic and retro shapes into something you need to have.

Daniel Cox, Fashion Editor
Marek Wlazlo, Photographer