March 02, 2013 Paris
Statement coats are a trending topic at the collections, and Grant has his own things to say on the subject. He opened with a tweedy navy style, collarless, with three buttons, rounded shoulders, and full bracelet sleeves. Something about the sleeves, in particular, made it look fresh. A pair of bell-shaped capes followed, and they, too, had an elegant, efficient way about them. Another coat came with a spill of ruffles down one side.
Beyond outerwear, reality-chic wardrobe essentials like a black pantsuit, a slim but not tight pencil skirt, and the perfect pair of cropped trousers rounded out the collection. Representing the things you didn't know you needed but suddenly would be thrilled to have were a midnight blue panne velvet turtleneck-sweatshirt hybrid and a sheer black blouse with a cascade of ruffles that would make a clever cocktail look with the right pair of pants. Evening got short shrift here, but that's a minor complaint about what was otherwise a fine show.