July 07, 2005 Paris
Plunging, garish, slit-up-to-there dresses have been replaced by a much more subtle series of special-occasion propositions. Of course, a client would have to pick and choose, but there are some gorgeous gowns to be found among the dense thicket of options.
One groupliberally bugle-beaded to resemble Art Deco antiqueslooked slinkily sophisticated in a nonsleazy way. A raspberry crinkled-taffeta Empire bustier gown, tied in an offhand bow, was the first evidence that Saab can do young and simple. Another positive alternative to over-the-top evening was a silver beaded sweater worn with a swirling mushroom-color chiffon skirtjust the thing for an older woman who doesn't want to bare all. Viewed up close in the showroom, these pieces stood on their own merits and as proof of Saab's ability to develop and grow.