PARIS -- Croatian-born, Paris-based designer Damir Doma is really hitting his stride, as seen in his fall 2013 collection shown Wednesday at
The look: Quietly rebellious. A daytime wardrobe with a subtle punk edge. Pleated trousers with zip-back tunics or bomber jackets, all in houndstooth boucle or pinstripe jacquards, made for a sporty spin on the suit. Shift dresses with zippered details, ruched collars and raglan sleeves were immensely wearable. And a fur biker jacket was just fun. Metallic leather Chelsea boots or creeper shoes with lug soles added some quirkiness. The colors were dark--navy blue, plum and mineral green and black--which might have seemed a tad somber were it not for the fact that the models were parading past a crowd dressed almost entirely in black. In other words, Doma is a pragmatist.
The inspiration: "Neo-corporate silhouettes superimposed with hybrid fabrications, spare utility and cool independence," according to the show notes.
The scene: Lush. The show was held in a beautiful 1897 building constructed by Parisian architect Paul Ernest Sanson of the Beaux Arts School.
The verdict: Doma is carving out a real niche for himself with wearable, everyday clothes that are anything but ordinary. It's no coincidence that Giorgio