Talk about a brilliant idea. Invite people to your dad's Bois de Boulogne villanot just any villa, actually, but the former home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsorfor a quick peek at your latest collection, followed by cocktails. The curiosity factor attracted editors and buyers who have long since sworn off 9:30 shows to designer Jasmine Al Fayed's otherwise modest presentation tonight. And when it came to her father Mohamed's sitting rooms, they weren't disappointed. Those were original portraits of Wallis Simpson on the walls. As for the young designer's clothes, they showed a marked improvement over last season's louche fare.
"Becoming a mother has lightened my mood," said the 25-year-old. In addition to the allover beaded number that Al Fayed herself donned, showing off a post-pregnancy body that other girls would kill for, there was an off-the-shoulder jersey number and a smoking, but with shorts. The focus, however, was day clothes: a baby doll, a shorts-and-puff-sleeve-blouse set, a shirtdress. None was lighter, though, than a shift with a wild mustang print.