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AW15 MUSE: CHARLOTTE RAMPLING

02.08.15

Fashion icons have long since influenced seasonal collections and the Reiss womenswear designers looked to the likes of Charlotte Rampling, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Romy Schieder to inspire the AW15 collection. Here we pay homage to model and actress Charlotte Rampling, who rose to fame in the 1960s and was instantly recognised for her effortless sense of style.  Admired still today for her feminine take on masculine separates, she proves to be an especially timeless muse.

Charlotte Rampling started her career as a model before moving into film so her clothing choices have long since been in the spotlight. Having lived and worked in France as well as England, her general aesthetic is one that captures that elegant (and somewhat enviable) Parisian sense of ease. Her work with 1970s photographer Helmut Newton is considered some of her most famous. Newton’s recognisable black and white film captures her signature stare and results in captivating and empowering imagery that continues to hold its relevance in modern society.

Celebrated as being one of the first women to embrace Saint Laurent’s famous tuxedo dressing, it’s perhaps Rampling’s confident approach to style that’s so enduring. She has a penchant for giving masculine separates a decidedly feminine twist and captures a contemporary look without chasing trends. Quoted as saying ‘I have always liked to dress simply’, it's exactly this that describes her coveted collection of classic tailoring and white shirts.

But how has this iconic figure’s aesthetic influenced the Reiss AW15 collection? Pieces are created with a strong, modern woman in mind and are styled to encapsulate the Parisian sense of ease that Charlotte Rampling mimics so well. Authoritative tailoring is designed to empower, nodding to the striking silhouettes of the 1970s, and tone-on-tone dressing captures the simplicity favoured by the icon.