The French National Galerie Jeu De Paume, built in 1861 during the reign of Napoleon III and originally housed real tennis courts, is commonly a place dedicated to contemporary art. Bared white walls and wooden floor became a perfect scenario to showcase a collection in the name of discreet elegance and with an optimal level of charm, in one word – Lemaire. The silhouette of the collection was still very Lemaire, meaning playing with volumes, mostly oversize and flared, but this time with some retro-inspired elements and a woman showcasing more than usual her nonchalant side. In the name of comfort and elegance we can say, made of wide big shirts, almost painter smock look-a-like extra-long roomy shirt with a pleating-detail, wide ankle-length and long denim pants ornamented with white double stiches, the same ones seen on a prolonged cotton blazer, wide long pants, a navy blue dress coat with open sleeve cut, long shirt dresses, light cape with an open shoulder cut, below the ankle skirts and coated cotton bottle green coat, paired with various styles of shoes, from two colours leather boots, simple black sandals with a wooden-block heel to leather boots with woven espadrille soles and leather laced shoes. More than usually Lemaire was seen to use accessories; beside mentioned shoes, there were fringed scarves, few bag styles, including my favourite geometric maxi shoulder bag in leather and not to mention the really adorable jewellery collection made in collaboration with the interior and jewellery designer Sophie Buhai that even more elevated mostly monochrome, chic looks. Now I can “reveal” why I waited with this post so long, when it´s not a novelty anymore that I am a huge fan of Lemaire and his philosophy. The reason is simple. The best part always come in the end; it’s like a cherry on the top and Lemaire with this cherry only confirmed (not only to me what we already know – the brand is a true resource for a perfectly-balanced wardrobe, luxurious but never loud, essential but not basic and tasteful without being boring. 

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