Anne Valérie Hash
March 03, 2009 Paris
Somewhere in the middle of the design process, though, Hash said she changed tacks. "We are all very tense," she said, alluding to the recession. "We just need to relax." So halfway through, the palette lightened—from navy, black, and charcoal to rose, apricot, teal, and silvery white—and so did the fabrics. A pair of dresses—one short with a 3-D effect, thanks to thin strips of silk stitched vertically from an illusion neckline; the other long and narrow and made from lace with horizontal bands of ruffs—captured her range. The common thread: They were both nearly weightless, a quality you could pick up on in the atelier setting.
On paper, the collection might sound like a clash of two ideas. In fact, it was one of Hash's best, as exemplified by the last look: a delicate blouse and tapering pants, both in blushing pink, that captured the masculine/feminine mix.