September 30, 2007 Paris
The first group of girls wore clear plastic trenches and macs, some lined in nude jersey, others flashing the retro bras and hip-hugging briefs that are the Belgian duo's stock in trade. Lingerie touches were sprinkled throughout: Fine-gauge sweaters came with built-in bra cups, cowl-neck halter tops left the models' backs exposed. (There were also bustiers over puff-sleeve blouses, but these were comparative dudsbulky and hardly sexy.)
Some of the best pieces were tailored: boxy jackets with paillette-covered lapels, trim shirtdresses nipped at the waist with wide patent belts, and black or white button-downs worn with matching full trousers cropped above the ankle. As a contrast, there were also some of-the-moment draped jersey dresses, the prettiest in pale lemon yellow. It all added up to a strong collection for this husband-wife team and we forgive them for the stairs.