Most of us assumed designers had exhausted the power shoulder pads of the 80s/90s a few seasons ago, but they're starting to burgeon as a trend again in Paris. For Spring 2013, Roland Mouret showed a variety of oversized outerwear pieces with angled power shoulders alongside his signature fitted and draped garments.
While the sharp shoulders that opened the show were a welcome attempt on the designer's part to break away from his famed Galaxy dress, it's hard to deny that slinky cocktail attire is what Mouret does best. The designer showed a slew of gorgeous figure-flattering body-hugging dresses, fitted trousers, and sculpted pencil skirts, many of which came with twists and pleats often in contrasting colors. Also worthy of being singled out were the handful of mud-dyed silks and cotton dresses and separates, each of which appeared to be trompe l'oeils for butter soft leather.
Cropped jackets, trousers topped with large pockets, and a graphic black and white print rounded out the standout collection.