February 12, 2000
Naomi Campbell and Madonna have both recently been spotted on major shopping sprees at Elspeth Gibson's store on Pont Street, London. I can see why. Gibson has developed into a designer whose clothes might not be wildly innovative but are absolutely irresistible regardless. Frankly, who could say no to an aubergine-colored, paisley-print wool dress, with a bow at the neck and both wrists? Not me. I don't think I could put up much resistance to Gibson's Lurex-lace-tweed (yes, she combined all three in one fabric) skirts, or to her long tweed coats with cord pockets and detailing either. This designer wants to bring back the hat (the tweed trilby), gloves (long, tan, leather) and shoes that glitter (lilac, leather, by Jimmy Choo). Entitled "Say Chic," here's a wardrobe for the cool London girlwho grew up. Oh, and the other thing that maketh woman: red lips. They'll be as important as your handbag this fall.