by April Hall, Paris Correspondent
Tara Jarmon -
For fall, Tara Jarmon describes three bourgeoisie Parisienne identities which inspired the collection of updated classics: La Belle du Jour, Lady Chatterly, and Neuilly-Auteuil-Passy. With such muses, it is hardly surprising that the clothes included tweed and fur with school girl skirts and knee highs, and a pair of suede shorts. Each piece was beautifully crafted, albeit infringing on the territory of Ralph Lauren. In a small corner of the showroom, however, was rack of LBD's with feathers, ruching and much more promise.
Leonard Paris -
As one would expect, the Leonard runway was occupied this season by countless floral jersey dresses. The major difference for fall being that they were paired with thigh high suede boots. The same floral jersey was used for impossibly comfortable looking pairs of harem pants, and dresses were given some structure with shape-defining belts. If anything was innovative about this collection it was the new, metallic fabrics used to make the same dresses - especially its most standout striped dress.
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Andrew Gn -
Once again, Andrew Gn's Ready-To-Wear collection proved to be just that -- ready to wear. The show featured plenty of feminine draping and ruching, with hints of military, and some older-style French ruffles and belt buckles. He kept strongly silhouetted jackets and short dresses modern with leather trim and cutouts. There was certainly no lack of signature embroidery either, and Gn displayed his mastery of the art of pairing the short dress with a great blazer or little fur jacket for fresh and flawless evening look.