March 02, 2007 Paris
Working in a palette of black, white, gray, and purple, Grant captured the season's voluminous but structured silhouette, without seeming trendy. The show started off with an A-line, hooded bouclé coat, and there were sway-back jackets, egg-shaped coats, and wide-leg pants for day. For evening, he focused on tulip and bubble dresses that often came with a second cutaway cocooning skirt. The highlights included a pair of satiny coat-dresses, one with a pouf at the upper back, the other flaring out from the shoulders like a cape. Best of all, though, was the finalea silver lamé siren gown that, in contrast to the other rounded shapes, skimmed the body like a breeze.
Just one quibble: The pacing of the show was far too stately for the seen-it-all, end-of-fashion-week crowd.