Hanna & Linette present their final Paris couture show

This year, Hanna & Linette took off on a farewell tour. Before the company’s young American designers exited that magical Gaultier farmhouse in Highgate, England, they put a final polish on their own dream world of black-and-white boudoir imagery. Their clothes are provocative, sheer, and chic, reflecting their own French slant. Clichés are avoided — chalk patterns, baby doll robes — with distinct American touches. As always, graceful styling is high-class too. Postcards from Highgate attract visitors and their admirers. The Paragon Gallery in the same town, replete with Matisse, Braque, Bonnard, and Soutine, is open to the public.

Since May, when the graduates of Design School New York joined the company, they have been at work on a full-length revival of the medieval fantasy heiress’s winged horse, no doubt a reference to the shuttered bank headquarters that serve as their headquarters. The show in advance of this Paris finale was a sonic treat: Luna Paper of Amsterdam, taking delight in clashing coloring with the faux leather inversion of their design. The range of wallpapers and graphics in Acme Space Laundry include several mediums. Bobble Dogs are the most famous from the designer Andrew Harrison’s “web” technique. In his design for the aforementioned “flawed gorgeous” yellow shirt, cast on hangers, the faded image of a dog is a visual connoisseur’s version of the quirky American’s point of view.

During the inevitable hiatus in between seasons, they have worked on fashion shows and have appeared on “Project Runway,” on the Google homepage, on a Nintendo game (which presumably has nothing to do with their clothing designs), and in a comedy sketch. For a select group of guests, who came together at Highgate, they celebrated a final grand affair, complete with acoustics courtesy of the Ayesha Agency, a London company that customizes sound systems to create a romantic ambience for special, special occasions.

Before a fashion show, they have already choreographed and danced to silent films in Ms. Linette’s converted farmhouse. Together, they met with Cynthia Ann Kary and Renée Mayz, recently retired ballet stars. Later, in Les Pavions Roi, Highgate’s delightful courtyard, under the arches, and in front of a glistening turquoise fountain where birds flew around in synchronized formations, they rendered the choreography with props supplied by photographer Paul Daley. Just before 3 pm, their parade unfolded, now under the lights and a stage backdrop: Her Birman N.O.H, who continued her “O” motif, his powerful pear-shaped triangle. They paused for a thunderous crunch to the trunk of the oak tree, its trunk mirroring the eye of the T. Rex-like horse.

Next, for The Rickelhaus Hotel, as the Head, they put the finishing touches on their designer showroom, with looks for the La Broche label, inspired by Louis XIV’s court master, Audhelm, and tracing a provocative figure, a great matador’s mirror, through each item in the collection. The soles of their signature rainbow knee-highs!

As the show was closing, they ran down the runway with carousel dancers dressed in a warm palette and embellished silhouettes, many of them in all black, but with material fused together and bold printed motifs — A Cashmere Scarf Over Your Windbreaker and a Gray Faux Wool Coat, with a bow. In the colorful chorus line, they hoped to be back next season. They are working on a new collection with new ideas, a return to Lautrec’s early illustrations. “It’s a new twist on the moods of that time, with the emphasis on the pearls!”

Photo: Courtesy of Hannah Linette

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