Designers Dish: Adam Andrascik's First Show for Guy Laroche

Adam Andrascik - P 2015
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Adam Andrascik - P 2015

The newest American in Paris talks inspiration and eating out after debuting his collection for the French fashion house on Wednesday.

Sipping champagne backstage after his first Paris runway show, Pittsburg native Adam Andrascik said he's still getting into the Paris scene.

The 31-year-old wunderkind landed in Paris last October to revamp the heritage house of Guy Laroche. "It's all new to me. I'm trying to take it all in, but to be honest I don’t really have the time to go out," he said.

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He’s been hard at work on his first collection for the house over the last six months, all while keeping his work secret until the official announcement last month.

While he aimed to modernize the inspirational archives, his cites Parisian classic Belle Epoque as his favorite downtime restaurant. "There’s just something so special about it. It’s quintessential traditional French food, but they play The Strokes. You really can’t beat that," he shared.

The collection was for the "dark and romantic and headstrong" modern mademoiselle, and models walked down the runway to SQURL’s "Streets of Detroit" and Nine Inch Nails’ "Heresy" in leather, slinky sequins and strong shoulders with an obvious Asian influence.

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His move steadily east from Pittsburg to Paris — via New York and London — inspired the collection. "It's made the work a lot more refined and a lot more romantic. I think before there was a very literal feel to it. The city kind of seeps in and you get a new feeling and you start seeing a new silhouette just being here," Andrascik said.

"Paris was always the dream, the sort of grand ending, and for it to happen so young, I think it’s just sort of fantastic." And with his first collection, he's just beginning.