October 06, 2004 Paris
He opened with a delicate, forties-feeling pale-pink dress, followed by a curvy rose-colored short jacket over a full, delicately striped knee-length skirt. That was followed by a beautifully simple white linen dress whose gathered bodice clung to the waist and opened into a gentle fullness belowsomething between innocent peasant and Empress Josephine.
All this ably demonstrated his understanding of summer's lightness and romance. But Grant isn't one to get swept away by a theme. He also wisely developed some of the signature pieces so beloved by his clients (like Lee Radziwill, discreetly watching from the sidelines). Grant's neatly useful coats looked particularly greatfor example, a trench with a new trumpet-sleeve detail or a black yoked painter's coat shrugged over a liquid-silver flounced skirt.
Grant's sophisticated nighttime looks demonstrated how thoroughly he's thought about an area many others don't: making an evening dress that is stunning in 3-D. The Empire line and smock idea became raised-waist dresses bloused at the back, handled elegantly in rich silver and platinum fabrics that never turned vulgar. That kind of reality chic explains why Grant is garnering such a loyal following.