"Come to the Cabaret, my friend" was the title for Elspeth Gibson's show, a "fusion of ultimate glamour fringed with masculine overtones," according to the program. Gibson set out on a quest to reclaim the spiky femininity of divas like Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford and Jerry Hall, but unfortunately did not have much luck with her endeavor.
Gibson is known for her subtle, delicate use of decoration, and she was clearly out of her element with the plunging necklines, paillette-covered pirate shirts and microscopic miniskirts that she showed. An embroidered bikini, a pleated miniskirt worn with a beaded jacket and a glittering tuxedo complete with top hat added to the confusion.
On the upside, some pieces, like the simple geometric-print dresses and optical halter tops and sweaters, will be a worthwhile addition to any closet. But as a whole, the sexy, edgy mood that Gibson tried to achieve simply was not there.