Designer Emily Adams Bode Aujla and her brand, BODE, made a comeback at the Fall/Winter 2023 Paris Fashion Week. The event, held at the Théâtre du Châtelet, marked Bode’s seventh year in the fashion industry and was attended by well-known figures like Anna Wintour and celebrities like Usher and Lucas Bravo.
The show opened with an emotional speech from Bode’s uncle, who shared a story about the Rice sisters, one of whom was Bode’s mother, Janet. The story highlighted the importance of family in Bode’s work and was inspired by Janet’s encounter with a 90-year-old woman, Ms. Long. Ms. Long’s unique floral arrangements and her habit of descending to dinner in embellished dresses and gowns from the late 1800s-1940s mesmerized Janet and served as inspiration for the collection.
Named “The Crane Estate,” the collection paid homage to American traditions and holidays from the past three centuries. Bode’s passion for vintage clothing was evident, with 1920s-inspired beaded dresses and 1940s velvet gowns featured. Embroidery was a common technique throughout the collection, with intricate and vivid embroidered graphics and patterned patchwork adorning dresses, shirts, blazers, and jackets that celebrated self-expression through American quilting history.
The collection also referenced family heirlooms passed down through generations of the Rice family, with rhinestone jewels bedazzling tuxedos and suits and suits adorned with sequin champagne bottles, reminiscent of the roaring ’20s. Notable pieces included classically tailored camel hair overcoats, micro floral printed corduroy suits, and leather and suede fringe jackets that transported the audience back in time to a period of carefree everyday adventures.
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