Fashion is often seen as a constantly changing industry, with new trends and styles emerging every season. However, for Pierre Mahéo, the artistic director of Officine Générale, consistency in dress is a form of elegance that he has been practicing for decades. He admires those who stay true to their own style, whether by choice, design, or default.
Mahéo himself continues to wear and cherish a timeworn pea coat, and this sentimentality towards clothing is reflected in his latest collection, Monochro-Mania. The collection is an ode to blue and grey, the two elemental colors of every Parisian wardrobe. For Mahéo, it was an essential exercise in exploring why he does what he does: why he chooses those colors, why he reinterprets them season after season, and why continuity makes him happy despite the fashion pendulum’s inevitable swings.
Monochro-Mania also pays tribute to other designers and artists who have stuck to a consistent look, such as Serge Gainsbourg, Giorgio Armani, and Dries Van Noten. The collection features a simple-looking T-shirt in wool jersey layered over another and paired with matte wool trousers that are slightly more ample than they were last season. Mahéo also included iconic references, such as a military-inspired jacket reminiscent of Al Pacino’s in Taxi Driver, a steel gray velvet jacket reminiscent of Wes Anderson’s, and a cape favored by Prince.
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