Fall/Winter 2016 Collection: Less is More
In March, Austin fashion designer, Gail Chovan, launched her Fall/Winter 2016 Less is More collection in Paris in tandem with Paris Fashion Week. During her installation of 12 artisanal couture creations at the Subsequi Showroom on Rue Chapon, Chovan was outed. It became very clear that this Jersey-born, Texas transplant is really French.
The Friday night reception for her installation was a like a lively reunion. And not the Romy and Michelle kind. Non! The room buzzed with artisan felt makers, pattern cutters, patrons of the art form, make up artists, models, fellow couturiers — all bons amis de Chovan. A diverse group that seemed joined at the dress form hip to delve deep to their pencil drawings and straight pin souls to birth great fashion on six-month gestational cycles. The Fall/Winter 2016 offerings, black and navy blue hues Gail described as “bruised,” hung and spun on the installation’s display elements she resourced and assembled. Bulb light fixtures from Ikea, disco ball turning mechanisms, electrical converters and, voila! Industrial chic with a lovely accent.
Chovan’s F/W 2016 collection primarily uses silk shantung, a fabric she chose for its foldable and structural qualities. The clothing has details that delight like the concert ticket you find years later combing through pants pockets before the Goodwill dropoff: tucks at right angles, Navajo yarn, ribbed knit. The designer’s muse is close to her heart. “ I constantly think about my daughter Zelda, who is blind, and I try to imagine how she would feel the weight, textures and fold of the design on her body,” said Chovan.