Paris Fashion Week: a look back at Patou Women’s Fall/Winter 2023-2024 collection.
Under the glass roof of La Samaritaine Paris, Patou artistic director Guillaume Henry presented a collection entitled “Shopping Chronicles”. Carrying chic Caddie shopping bags, bucket hats on their heads and shades perched on their noses, the silhouettes meandered with ready-to-roll fantasy.
Patou laced-up thigh-boots designed in collaboration with Maison Ernest set off a wardrobe for women on the go in monochrome colorways of red, black, lavender, pink or burgundy.
Shimmering puffers segue to velvet evening dresses, cozy knits are joined by denim, and high-cut smocks are worn over pencil or deep slit skirts. Patou bags are carried over the shoulder or in the hand, ready for every moment of the day amidst plays of materials and volumes. Pleated mini-skirts and crop tops reveal some skin, and hair bows underscore the feminine allure of the Patou muses.
Born in 1887, Jean Patou founded his first couture house when he was just 23 years old.
With his Jean Patou brand, created in 1914, “the most elegant man in Europe” – as the American press called him – revolutionized women’s fashion. A true aesthete and pioneer, Jean Patou designed evening gowns that were as elegantly simple as they were chic, along with the first relaxed sportswear collections.
Jean Patou welcomed the heroines of the era to the headquarters of his Maison on rue St. Florentin, including Louise Brooks, Joséphine Baker and Mistinguett, as well as tennis champion Suzanne Lenglen and music hall stars the Dolly Sisters.
A visionary and lover of speed sports, Jean Patou died in 1936 when he was just 48. His Maison, which had become a fashion institution, was helmed by a succession of stellar designers: Marc Bohan, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroix.
In 2018 maison Jean Patou was reborn with a new name – Patou – and a new creative director Guillaume Henry. He will present his first women’s ready-to-wear collection in Paris in September 2019.
Le Petit Patou by Venetia Scott. The signature Le Patou bag has a mini coup de cœur: Le Petit Patou !
Patou collaborated with photographer Venetia Scott on its latest campaign, featuring Patou’s new bag Le Petit Patou, and the spring summer 2023 collection.
An essential handbag for the essentials, from day to night, in a new Patou-palette of marigold, orchid, storm, black, ivory, ice yellow, and saffron clay.
For the gamer, DYI, scientist, chef, athlete, equestrian, student, or influencer – beside every great woman is a Petit Patou! Adjust and wear it as a purse, across the chest, or a long shoulder. And bien sûr, in the spirit of the Patou Way, Le Petit Patou is made entirely out of deadstock leather.