Hash just made the jump from couture week to the ready-to-wear schedule, and it was good timing on her part: The frilly, romantic things she does added another dimension to the pretty picture coming into focus for Spring.
The main idea here was to layer strapless dresses and jumpsuits over blouses. Sheer and in silvery shades of gray and pink, with high collars and puff sleeves, the tops gave her looks a demureness they might otherwise have lacked: No matter what kinds of embellishments they came withand they came with plenty (braiding, pleats that zigzagged every which way, lace)her frocks were seriously abbreviated.
In fact, it was easy to forget that Hash started her career picking apart and reconstructing menswear. Yes, some jumpsuits came with suit lapels, but she showed more bed jackets than blazers, and some of these were encrusted with rock crystal. Ironically, it was the organza dresses that hinted most at her background. They looked like nothing so much as jackets (or maybe crisp shirts) tossed on back-to-front, the collars draped elegantly across the bust, with the lapels meeting somewhere off-center in the rear. All in all, this was an interesting addition to the calendar.
Spring 2008 Ready-to-Wear
Anne Valérie Hash
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