October 04, 2005 Paris
This season, the designer's signature coats came in black and white gabardine and crepe, sumptuously embellished with waistbands of glass beads or lace edging, while sportier versions were cut in silk toile and decorated with bohemian (by Gn's standards, at least) wooden beads. Since this is spring, he also showed off-the-shoulder smocked tops in cotton piqué or floral-print silk. For evening, patchworks of those floral prints fell in tiers to the floor, in keeping with one of the season's big trendsalthough the same silhouette looked more modern in a striking emerald-green chiffon.
Which brings us to the point. Gn's sexy new shoes, which made their runway debut, are proof that he has what it takes to connect with a younger generation. Now all he needs is to lose the prim stylingand lengthen his too-short skirts to the kneeand he'll be as popular below 14th Street as he is on Park Avenue.