February 22, 2000
Josephus Thimister's graphic, fluid presentation for Genny was inspired by the Russian constructivist artists of the '20s. Centered on the idea of contrasts, Thimister alternated between rigorous tweeds, light muslin and patchworks of shimmering, ethereal fabrics. His color palette paid homage to Kandinsky, relying on hues of pale green, tangerine, magenta and peach, with occasional bursts of violet. The masterful way Thimister gathered sheer tops and layered delicate skirts evinced his couture background; the dreamy mood was offset by sharp trousers and sleek coats. Genny's collection was a tribute to the designer's ability to combine seemingly disparate elements in a sophisticated and beautiful manner.