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PARIS Spring 2004

By Sedef Kokcuoglu
Photographs by Roger Mesquita

Is the marriage of spirituality and fashion an oxymoron? Until recently most would have answered this question in the affirmative. However, a new comer from Canada, Paul Hardy, has defied recent preconceptions of what can and cannot inspire creative genius in the fashion circuit with his brilliant collection. Hardy, who is a devout member of the Morning Star Church, proclaims; "God is my inspiration." His Autumn 2003 collection was inspired by the biblical story of the fall of Jericho. Religion aside, Hardy's clothes are by his own description, "sexy, unusual but highly classic." Moreover, they are "wearable clothes that are edgy and not boring." After reviewing the designer's work I cannot but agree with his self-critique. I especially liked his shearing maxi coats, wool textured asymmetrical sweaters and suede jackets.

By using homogenous fabrics in a conservative color palette (terra tones, black, metallic and gray), Hardy was able to accentuate his creative cuts and innovative designs, thereby transcending glamour and glitz, and placing the emphasis on what we were all there to see: the clothes themselves.

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