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With much anticipation we attended earlier this evening the collection presentation for Spring/Summer 2011 of our good friends from Pigalle, Paris. Entitled, Zrenjanin to Pigalle, the collection tells the story of a journey, from a village in Serbia to the scandalous neighborhood of Paris.

Created by Pigalle owner Stephane Ashpool and Loic van Herreweghe, the two designers wanted to fill in the gaps of a long journey. A journey that took Stephane from his mother’s birthplace in Serbia to his own, in the red-light district of the French capitol. Their approach was to recreate staples of fashion by having these two influences meet on canvas. Hand-tinted fabrics with manual embroideries make up most of the collection, transcribing the soul of the Balkans onto the clothing. The silhouettes of the collection are certainly Parisian, especially in terms of their references and legacy.

Something that we always appreciated most about the store and the people around Pigalle, was their tightly knit community and spirit, something which was perfeclty brought to life in the presentation tonight. Presented on a square in the heart of the Pigalle disctrict, in front of the Pigalle store, one could feel as being part of this community of like minded people. Models were good friends, a band was playing and everybody was having fun. Just the way you would expect Pigalle to present their first collection. Look out for it in stores Spring/Summer 2011.

Head on after the jump for many more images of the event.

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