"LE RAPHIA" by Jacquemus SS23: Fusing Nature and Contemporary Design in Luxury Fashion

Simon Porte Jacquemus, the creative genius behind the eponymous brand, has always been a purveyor of natural beauty. With a penchant for earth-toned collections and serene show locations, Jacquemus has captivated the fashion world with breathtaking experiences, all while keeping his designs grounded and connected to the earth. This season, the designer takes us on a journey through the world of "LE RAPHIA," a Spring/Summer 2023 collection that celebrates the beauty of nature and the art of craftsmanship.

The "LE RAPHIA" collection is an ode to the Raffia palm, native to tropical African regions. Inspired by the natural fibers and their earthy hues, Jacquemus has crafted a collection that marries contemporary silhouettes with the raw beauty of raffia. The show, held in the Le Bourget commune outside of Paris, is a testament to the brand's commitment to celebrating nature and its transformative power. The collection evokes a sense of summer, transporting us to Southern escapes through its use of fresh colors, fluid silhouettes, and oversized chapeaux, all while exploring the JACQUEMUS codes anew.

The "LE RAPHIA" collection is a masterclass in combining natural materials with modern design. The raffia fibers, hand-embroidered by Maison Lesage and woven into tailored jackets and shaggy volumes, bring movement and texture to the garments. The collection also features loose tops, relaxed denim with paneled detailing, sculptural skirts, elongated skirts with trains, printed multicolored pieces, and colorful geometric undergarments.

The accessories are equally noteworthy, with raffia making its way into bags and oversized hats, adding a touch of whimsy to the collection. Other embellishments include tonal grosgrain loops, miniature tassels, matte sequins, le rond carré embroideries, and large marble beads. The debut of Le Bisou, a slim and curvy bag available in a range of vivid and softened tones, adds a fresh dimension to the brand's accessories lineup.

The Jacquemus SS23 "LE RAPHIA" collection is a celebration of natural beauty, contemporary design, and the return to an artisanal spirit. Through the use of raffia, a material that channels the sensations of summer, Jacquemus has crafted a generous and free-spirited wardrobe that stands out for its embrace of contemporary craft. As Simon Porte Jacquemus so eloquently puts it, "The Raphia rain sweeps everything away as in a dream… Will I see again those big hats, those flower buckles, those prints? I think so." This collection is a testament to the designer's unwavering commitment to creating timeless fashion that stays true to its roots, while constantly evolving and captivating the world.

Discover the collection HERE.