French cuisine—rich, heady, buttery—was the gastronomic sidelight when SSI Group Inc., the company that brought in Zara, Bershka, Pull & Bear and Massimo Dutti to the country, recently presented the brands’ Fall collections.
The event at Le Jardin’s sun-drenched penthouse served a three-course lunch of quinoa salad, tender cheek of beef with foie gras and a selection of cakes.
It was a perfect meal to enjoy alongside the fashion pieces—themselves opulent yet modern, richly textured and chic.
Zara has an abundance of lace and jacquard in dresses and looms. Minimalist charm is evident in a number of pieces, which include polished coordinates in a palette of black, burnt sienna, navy and cream in wool, silk and fur. The ’70s twist is highlighted in flared jeans, fringed hems and suede.
Bershka’s young, casual collection has an urban feel, featuring finishes like worn leather, stamped suede and materials with a rustic feel. Key pieces include long cardigans, jackets, halter and high-neck tops and distressed denim.
Massimo Dutti is for the city woman who is practical, elegant and contemporary. The nostalgia-tinged garments are inspired by ’70s films—suede pieces with fringe, cord trousers, heavily patterned blouses and a mix of denim and leather. The color palette is a mix of brown and camel, purple, electric blue and bright green.
Pull & Bear’s “Pacific Girl” collection brings back comfortable patterns for a dynamic outdoor lifestyle, with a predominantly low-intensity palette of maroon, gray and blue. There’s a wide variety of pants, from denim to tricor. T-shirts reign, joined by sweatshirts, bomber jackets and cozy knit.