February 02, 2007 New York
Lemaire does not claim to be a revolutionary; his aim, he says, is to make clothes that are evermore ┐precise, refined, and luxurious.┐ To that end, he offered some good youthful options (knit minis and crepe-heeled granny boots) as well as a few grown-up looks that Schneider might have loved (the knit kimono coats and voluminous capes).
There were lots of desirable separates that fairly screamed ┐fall┐a loden microduffel, belted Annie Hall blazers, a slick rubberized burgundy raincoat. The latter had an undeniable je ne sais quoi, but at times things got a bit syrupy and over-Frenchified. One too many berets made an appearance. And when a trio of models with choreographed smiles marched out toting French novels, cinema magazines, and an artist┐s portfolio, you sensed it was time to pack up the Citroën and start the journey home.