March 05, 2009
Jasmine Al Fayed's Fall collection was inspired, she said, by the changing face of the moon. There's a certain logic to that, because the primary focus of her nearly 6-year-old line is after-dark dressing. The show was divided into three groups—black velvet, sequins, and roses—and the silhouettes ranged from a tiny minidress with lacelike cutouts at the neckline to a strapless ball dress with frothy tulle skirts. It was a bit too dark in the Ritz's historic Windsor Suite to appreciate the details, but the 3-D sequined rosettes decorating the bodice of a long chiffon dress sparkled in the low light. And a few looks—silk satin suits with tapering pants, strong-shouldered jackets tied off with delicate silk ribbons—proved Al Fayed is capable of thinking beyond the nightclub. It would be nice to see her stretch more in that direction. For a 20-piece show, today's collection devoted too much attention to model-bodies-only unitards.