Designer Paul Sinclaire 2011 Fall/Winter collection at the ALL ACCESS fashion event in Tysons Galleria

October 6th, 2010

Designer Paul Sinclaire presents his 2011 Fall/Winter womenswear collection  for the All Access fashion event hosted by Tysons Galleria on October 1st.

Mr. Sinclaire began his fashion carreer in the mid-’70s as a stylist for American Vogue, and later consulted for upscale fashion houses including Valentino, Trussardi, Dolce & Gabbana and Dior.  In the 90′s Paul Sinclaire was also an editor at major publications like L’Uomo Vogue, Italian Vogue and Arena. His collection is exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue.

Back to Basics with elegance and no chichi, the designer’s collection includes clean lines dresses, trench coats, pleated pants, all volume flared skirts and fitted  blouses. Subtle shades of gray, dark petrol blue and black are prevalent with hints of colors like bright ruby red and purple.”Gray is the new neutral” said Mr Sinclaire during the after-show interview he very cordially granted, and he pairs pearl gray high-waist pants with delicate pastel colored blouses or a bright red top.

Model Kate Michael for Paul Sinclaire

Photos by Patrick G. Ryan

Classicism and elegance are the words coming to mind if we were to describe Mr. Sinclaire’s  collection, and in fact Mr  Sinclaire is widely known in the fashion industry for being the master of time less chic. When asked if less is more, he answered : “I could not agree more.” Less is more but Less is not boring and cleans lines are complemented with eye catchy details, a sequin piece or an elegant adornment, such as ruffle details on sweaters and tops, over-sized satin bow ties, small retro waist belts, or clean crisp white collars.

We loved the ultra feminine pleated skirts and the classic sheath black dresses updated with V neck designs or a front flounce. Classics are re-invented with all sequin cardigans, asymmetrical sailor shirts, belted little black dresses, cascade ruffle coats, or diagonal pleats on puffy skirts for a reminiscent 50′s attitude.

Like in a vision, It seemed Audrey Hepburn or Jacqueline Kennedy suddenly  appeared from behind the large panel doors of the runway. All throughout the show inspiration from the 60′s chic and touches from the 50′s were noticeable. If Mr. Sinclaire said that this was not intended, he quickly added that he actually liked the 60′s which was “a fun decade for fashion.”

Finally, an all- sequined black dresses ended the show with a delicate white “Claudine” collar, sublime, as if in a final touch the designer gave a clin d’oeil at Coco Chanel’s creations.

Photos by Paul G. Ryan,

Indeed, the designer praises clean lines and celebrate elegance in ways that are not without evoking Coco Chanel’s visionary designs. In his interview, Mr Sinclaire said he admired and loved Chanel and was bearing a particular affection for the Chanel creations of the thirties. I want to thank again Mr. Sinclaire for granting me an interview, it was a pleasure meeting him and discussing about his collection.

Designer Paul Sinclaire interviewed by Helene Combe-Meister

Photo by Patrick G. Ryan,

Patricia Field, a celebrated fashion icon, celebrities’ stylist and talented costume designer was guest of honor and kicked off the show. Ms Patricia Field has an impressive career as Academy Award nominated, three time Emmy Award winning costume designer and  best known for her role as costume designer for the most fashionable show on television, HBO’s Sex and the City and for costuming the Sex and the City movies as well as The Devil Wears Prada.  Ms. Field has won many awards including the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Stylist of the Year Award and four Costume Designers Guild Awards.

Patricia Field, Photo by Lolita Trends

She accepted to exchange a few words about fashion and I told her how much I loved her work for the Devil Wears Prada. Ms Field was able to transform the character, Anne Hathaway, in a sublime fashion muse, thanks to her fabulous costume designs.  When asked what was the most rewarding in her impressive career, she said it was everything, from designing costumes for movies and TV shows, to designing her own lines of clothing, shoes, to being art director, she said it was all what she did in her life, all those numerous endeavors that felt so rewarding.

Patricia Field,


Report on the 10/01/10 Fall/Winter womenswear collection by designer Paul Sinclaire at the ALL ACCESS: Fashion event at Tysons Galleria. By Helene Combe-Meister

5 Responses to “Designer Paul Sinclaire 2011 Fall/Winter collection at the ALL ACCESS fashion event in Tysons Galleria”

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  3. Helene says:

    thank you! I was invited to this exclusive fashion events in the DC area (Tysons Galleria precisely). I loved the runway collection and it was a pleasure to interview the very talented designer Paul Sinclair. Please feel free to check the site for new articles and leave comments. I also style photo shoots so I’ll have a lot of my own stylist work posted online.

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  5. Santasha says:

    Up coming inspired by (Micheal Kors as well as Alexander McQueen) I love any ideals out the box. It depends on the Mood set for the collection at least for me. I enjoyed this article and a great movie for all designers to see would be the Bio of CoCo Channel although it needs to be in english as well instead of only french lol! Santasha B. Pena

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