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.