outdid himself, yet again, for Fall. The designer, known for his red-carpet following and couture-like beadwork, showed an opulent Fall collection that was inspired by the Byzantine Empire and Erté's illustrations from the twenties—both themes ultimately worked in his favor. In the former category were regal velvet gowns and evening coats with painstakingly detailed gold Ottoman embroidery. He showed similar embroidery in a lighter context, too, on a racer-neck number with an alluring open back, which included white raffia ribbon threaded through a nude tulle. The Art Deco portion of the collection delivered looks for the modern Josephine Baker. A crystal-embellished bolero worn with slim black tuxedo trousers with a matching overskirt was a fresh eveningwear combination that we'd like to see more of on the red-carpet circuit. On that note, Baz Luhrmann's long-awaited Great Gatsby
film will finally hit theaters several months from now, and we can't think of a better premiere option for Carey Mulligan (or Gemma Ward, who plays "Languid Girl") than one of the body-skimming slip gowns with allover crystal beading that positively hypnotized with all those flashbulbs going off at the end of the runway.