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Image from: Christine Phung Facebook Page

Paris fashion week swung into motion after the whirlwind of Milan fashion week came to a close, with designers showcasing their Spring/Summer Ready to wear 2014 pieces. To open the prestigious week was French award-winning designer Christine Phung. Based in Paris and founded in 2011, Christine Phung’s runway presentation was effortlessly beautiful, reflecting her innovative understanding on how to use rich fabrics and prints. This is no shock for this french designer whose impressive history consists of working for Christophe Lemaire, Chloé, Vanessa Bruno, Lacoste and Baby Dior after finishing her fashion studies at the École Duperré, and the Institut Français de la Mode. Ms Phung has been awarded for her outstanding work receiving the 2011 Grand Prix of design for the City of Paris and this year the 2013 ANDAM prize in the category “Premières Collections.”
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Image from: Galeries Lafayette Facebook Page Photographer: Marion Leflour

Ms Phung presented her Spring Summer 2014 RTW collection named Liquid Delusion to the eager Paris Fashion week fashionistas on the 25th September 2013. With a simply breathtaking location on the rooftop of the Galeries Lafayette, accompanied by the crystal clear blue skyline of the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop. Ms Phung’s designs were reflective of a water theme with the color palette of blue, black and white paired with hand drawn illustrations by William James Thurman imitating the rippling of water. The tranquil water motif comes from her continual inspiration from geometry in nature, facets in architecture and the fresh aesthetics of contemporary design. She delicately fusions her inspirations with each piece presenting a both fluid but structural culture in her prints and construction each design. Creating an overall cohesive collection as the opening show for Paris Fashion Week 2014.

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Images from: WWD, photographed by Giovanni Giannoni.

The models walked a unique runway on the rooftop around blocks of water to mirror her aesthetics behind her designs. WWD described the mood of the show as quiet and reflective, setting the perfect ambience for each piece from Liquid Delusion. Allowing the pieces to speak for themselves as the models navigated throughout the water maze.
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Image from: Christine Phung’s Website.

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Image from: Galeries Lafayette Facebook PagePhotographer: Marion Leflour

Her love for geometry in nature is present throughout the collection from bold shapes to more delicate refined lines. It is present in all the details with material used to make the garments shown below.
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Image from: Galeries Lafayette Facebook Page Photographer: Marion Leflour

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Image from: Galeries Lafayette Facebook Page Photographer: Vincent Lappartient

In an interview with RelaxNews before the runway presentation, Ms Chung talked about her work with pleating specialist Monsieur Lognon whose art of pleating has been passed down from the time of Napoleon III. Her precise understanding of the pleating art is present throughout the collection with two outstanding pieces; a bold blue dress and the black and white print seen below were simply awe-inspiring with the Parisian skyline.
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Images from: WWD, photographed by Giovanni Giannoni.

Christine Phung’s Spring Summer 2014 RTW Liquid Delusions collection is being presented at the MC2 Showroom in Paris until the 4th of October. Her pieces are impeccable holding a successful future for the young designer, follow her progress on her Facebook page.

Fashion Writer: Aicha Robertson
Editor: Florence Bailey