March 04, 2010
Jasmine Al Fayed called her collection the Puzzle Factory—providing us with an explanation for the show's one unwearable look, a single-shouldered 3-D number made out of, you guessed it, large black jigsaw pieces. That anomaly aside, Al Fayed has become adept at making a slinky party frock priced in that sweet spot between contemporary and designer. Tonight's winner was a long-sleeved jet-beaded harlequin minidress, but a sleeveless version with a flaring skirt in a less-glam harlequin crochet also has legs. On the simpler side, a red jersey dress with cutouts at the hips will attract the wannabe Gucci girl. And on the more maximal end—because, let's face it, minimal doesn't really play with the party set—a plunging black velvet tank dress with iridescent beading looked like fun. Al Fayed made stabs at fur jackets and cloth coats, but they lacked the personality of her after-dark options.