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story by Chloe Bensahel
photos by Ned and Aya Rosen
web editor Rachel Reneé
A Détacher’s distinguished lady is taking a trip to Japan. She took her knitted high-waist pants with her from last season, but this time paired them with more structured boxy cuts. Kimono shapes populated the upper half of the body as bellowing sleeves began past the shoulder. Oversize Peter Pan collars were also on the menu, paired with oversized knitwear for comfort. Other neck details included futuristic thick corded necklines, worn with veteran designer Mona Kowalska’s signature touch of knitwear, here knitted skirts which even the most conservative of us women long for in the depths of winter.
Fabrics ranged from classic plaids and brocades to more Japanese-inspired nature prints. The color scheme was similarly varied as Kowalska added pops of neon knitwear peering below sleeves and skirts amongst more muted browns and grays. Kowalska’s attention to detail even extended to oversized knitted hats that mimicked the same sculptural quality of her silhouettes.
Whereas “A Détacher” stands for “detachable,” Kowalska’s collection is one that is easily detachable, where each piece can give life to a multitude of possible combinations and situations. Kowalska understands that a woman’s clothes must first be comfortable, so that they can ease and soothe her into the world, which, let’s face it, is sometimes difficult. Fully equipped, she can then conquer her every fear, successfully complete her every project, and have fun doing it.