Io Ipse Idem
March 05, 2009 Paris
What appeared to be a straightforward men's jacket from the front was softly cocooned in the back. Few of Gigli's jackets, in fact, hit the catwalk without some sort of special treatment: A blazer came with a starburst cutout between the shoulder blades; a silk velvet evening coat fastened two different ways. There were some intriguing notions, of the sort that explain the goodwill that the designer has maintained in his absence: The skirts, in both pencil and flaring silhouettes, came ruched and elasticized, so they not only travel well, but also accommodate all sizes. But if Gigli really wants to appear modern, he should advise the models to skip the runway theatrics next time.