Rue du Mail
March 03, 2009 Paris
Such random contrasts were actually something of an intentional signature in the collection. A gray flannel dress with knit sleeves suggesting the Middle Ages, a strapless number over a fine mohair top, a midnight leather dress with semi-Napoleonic frogging—all evinced Sitbon's combination of acute tailoring and eye for odd detail (less so the silver short shorts and the black velvet corset belt, which muttered Led Zeppelin arm candy circa '72). The leitmotif of the collection was the hood, worn as a crepe cowl or unzipped and capelike. Matched with Sitbon's leggings, it created a strong, seductive silhouette that made you wish the average rock chick had this much taste.