September 30, 2011 Paris
But his major story for Spring was color, mostly yellow, to which the designer says he's usually averse. It was perfect in the zippy hem of a khaki trench, echoed in lemony Louboutin sandals below. However, in larger doses, you tripped over it. Still, a designer like Grant could easily coast on what he knows is proper. A push out of the comfort zone is a sign of life.
For evening, he kept lines long and a little bit disco with superwide silk jersey palazzo pants and jumpsuits masquerading as gowns, a continuation of last season's quest for ease. The former had a cool swagger when paired with a waist-shaping tuxedo vest. All that languid energy—not to mention those carefully placed slashes—significantly ramped up the sex appeal at a show where polish usually reigns. The most daring moment came before the car-wash gowns (an odd seventies aberration?) that closed the show: a sheer pleated gown with a sort of petal-shaped satin exoskeleton, certainly a dress where precision counts.