Seeking to modernize their company and create a more
fashion-forward image, Krizia hired Belgian designer
Jean-Paul Knott. Knott, who took the reins of Krizia's
most upscale line from Alber Elbaz, had previously
worked for over a decade with Yves Saint Laurent.
Knott succeeded in putting Krizia Top on the map with a modern, sometimes overly enthusiastic aesthetic. Off-the-shoulder oversize sweaters, tight leather skirts, satin shirtdresses and plunging-neck chemises all oozed sexiness. Long rubber stockings tiptoed the fetishistic line, but provided a happy solution for those who crave open-toe mules and miniskirts in the dead of winter. Knott also indulged in a few skirts with a massive side buckle, which consisted essentially of fabric drawn through a giant square and then draped around the hips. More classically chic options included an impeccable camel coat, several sharp pantsuits and a series of matte sequin dresses that looked absolutely elegant and modern without trying too hard.