Camilla and Marc

May 25, 2014 by  
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There is a funny disconnect in learning that sister-and-brother duo Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman used Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud as a starting point for their new Camilla and Marc collection. Their clothes have none of Bacon’s bilious color, and even less of the unsettled abstraction conveyed in the famous painting, which Christie’s sold for $ 142.4 million last year. In the end, it was the geometric frame enclosing Freud on the triptych that inspired the Australian designers, who went so far as to have a similar piece made for their video and lookbook.

While its sharp linearity appealed to the designers, they ended up with a more feminine balance thanks to floaty organza, a strong diamond jacquard, and soft georgette, all in a palette of mostly black, red, and white. Their checkered lace was the winning material; the openwork grid was pretty and assertive in equal measure. It also conveyed the “game board” theme they used as an additional frame of reference to convey “power and confidence.” It’s in these instances that you wonder whether ideas detract from execution. And yet the designers maintained their figure-flattering silhouettes—waist-emphasizing, knee-grazing, décolletage-baring—and even managed to introduce a neoprene duffle coat and flawless silk satin pant that showed their ability to think forward and finesse. Get past the Bacon comparisons and the other influences and you’re left with a strong, wearable collection that can hold its own.
—Amy Verner
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Camilla and Marc

July 24, 2012 by  
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Did Marie Antoinette play sports? It strains the imagination a little, but it’s not entirely impossible to picture her pitching up in the backyard of the Petit Trianon for a nice game of croquet. Maybe even a set or two of badminton, before retiring to her rooms in Versailles to have her wig clamped back on as she nibbles on macarons and dreams of Count Fersen. Anyway, this train of thought comes courtesy of the latest Camilla and Marc collection, which takes its inspiration from the interiors of Versailles. Siblings Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman have put a jaunty spin on the baroque, turning out abbreviated cocktail dresses trussed with ruffles; sharp, shoulder-baring peplum tops and cropped trousers in reflective pink or a magnified jewel print; and striped knit and tailored dresses in colors of buttercream frosting. The strongest pieces here, unusually for the brand, were the most casual—the short, squared-off silk dresses with a high neck and fluttering sleeve were particularly good, as were the waterfall tank tops featuring a contrasting band of color on the hem. It’s also worth calling out the Camilla and Marc denim: This season, the jeans were high-waisted, perfectly cut skinnies executed in a handful of pastels, and they looked like a cult phenom waiting to happen. Or to put it another way, the jeans seemed like exactly the thing a modern-day Marie Antoinette would don for a game of petanque, before shimmying off to meet her lover.
—Maya Singer
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