Damir Doma

Damir Doma

Damir Doma’s ravishing new Paris boutique—his first and only dedicated shop—is the most exciting opening in Paris this fall. Set in a courtyard (shared with Comme des Garçons) on the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, the three-story boutique’s antiqued-mirror ceilings, elegant parquet and marble floors, deconstructed stone walls and sheets of raw steel are a mix of Baroque and minimalist elements that echo the lush, raffiné clothes.

The Croatian-born German designer made a splash in 2007 with his first men’s collection, whose draped, kimono-influenced silhouettes—meant to “adapt to the body rather than change or constrict it”—were a dramatic departure from the rigidly tailored shapes usually seen in menswear. But the same fluid volumes and supple fabrics that seemed surprising in a men’s collection were perfect for Doma’s women’s line, launched in 2010. Soft and unconstrained yet rigorously constructed, the clothes have a pure, intrinsic elegance without being fussy or precious.

For this winter Doma has added more precise tailoring. A high-ruffed collar is the only decorative element on a crisp, unfitted, perfectly cut blouse that pairs beautifully with a pair of slouchy silk pants or an ample skirt with leather stitching, topped by a superb cut-wool cape that drapes to the ground. Fur vests, suede trousers and jackets, and a small selection of shoes and python clutch bags round out the collection. The boutique also carries the lesser-priced line, Silent, with pared-down models in jersey and cotton knit along with some leather outerwear.

54 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 8th, www.damirdoma.com

Originally published in the December 2012 issue of France Today

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