July 06, 2005 Paris
Designer Véronique Nichanian's flair for detail lent a distinctive luxurious flourish to items like a pale pink polohere with its neckline edged in pink satin, the accompanying gray trousers also with a pink satin stripe down the leg. And however butch the program notes made the palette sound (the first look featured a velvet cardigan in "clay" and a pair of cotton/linen trousers in "storm"), that kind of preciousness dominated the collection. A butter-soft suede blouson, for example, was combined with a pair of tidy jeans (complete with croc belt) and a smart pair of loafers. Elsewhere, Nichanian pushed things a little with suede polos and a louche evening look that featured a flesh-toned silk shirt open under a mohair tux.