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Friday Find: PAPER London Culottes

style your culottes with a silks shirt

There comes a time for every fashion hoarder, when we make the seismic yet seemingly imperceptible shift from fast fashion to couture collector – ridding our closets of throw away designs and starting again at sartorial ground zero.

Gravitating to that one statement piece you know in your heart of hearts you'll love as long as you live, a simple cashmere jumper or carefully crafted A-line skirt can lift your fashion élan to new heights... And then, we were introduced to a U.K prêt à porter collective that made us re-evaluate our entire fashion philosophy – PAPER London.

Raising the stylistic bar (and our credit card bills, too) with their impeccable Resort '16 collection, the award-winning British brand encapsulates cool, contemporary luxe with beautifully hand-crafted forever pieces that work as a seamless summer wardrobe all of their own. Resplendent with dynamic colour palettes, bold structural shapes and a modern juxtaposition of fabrics, we couldn't keep our hands off these key patchwork culottes any longer

Reminiscent of vintage Halston silhouettes garbed by dance floor divas like Grace Jones and Madonna, these easy statement summer trousers are an instant urban go-to for power lunches in the city and rooftop cocktail wind-downs. A key piece that can be easily mix n' matched with classic colour-block separates, this strong A-line patchwork shape adds a serious style edge to any outfit. Worn in unison with our  Iron Petticoat silk VAUGHAN shirt, this double-trouble contrast of super soft silk and textured crêpe panelling gives an undeniably luxurious appearance. Worn tucked into the high-rise waistband of these gorgeous Cosmo trousers, our flawless long-sleeved black silk shirt looks the part worn one size larger – with rolled sleeves and a nonchalant, care-free air to match!

Constructed with  a colour blocking patchwork that varies from front to back, these conceptual culottes inspire a playful attitude towards accessorizing. Using dominant trend favourites highlighted at resort '17 shows, this outfit champions minimalist De Stijl primary colours with vintage '40s Dali and Klien artistic overtones. Playing with iconic flashes of electric blue and rich tangerine hues, this hexagonal pocket-book style bag and slip-on sling-back shoes ooze with a retro-inspired elegance - ideal for any fashion-forward city-dweller.

A creative combination that inspires a new fashion mindset when approaching forever classics, kick-start your curated closet collection with dramatic yet endlessly wearable silhouettes from a new tribe of ready-to-wear mavericks, like PAPER London.

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