February 05, 2006 New York
Giberson showed a number of short, sexy dresses, which were elegantly accessorized with TEM chain jewelry. Less successful were the loose stockingsseen at Prada last springwhich crinkled down into cherry-red patent shoes by Christian Louboutin. Throughout the show, there was a tension between the seductive (a knitted lace evening dress) and the safe (kilt-like side-pleated skirts). This suggested that Giberson hasn't entirely come to grips with this label's essential dilemma: Is it for a deep-pocketed customer seeking updates of classics, or the more fashion-forward woman? And certainly some will question whether she was progressive enough or has injected enough of her own sensibility into the designs. But there was no denying the craftsmanship. She was creative in pushing the boundaries of what can be done with cashmere; knitting it into puckers, cables, and lace, showing it superfine, even beadedbut always luxe.