Rue du Mail
September 27, 2011 Paris
Sitbon retained a certain sizzle with sheer, limb-exposing georgettes and a few body-skimming dresses, including a great stripey cotton knit number, which was another new development. And the collection was far from overly traditional. In addition to using old-world techniques, the designer added her own, including a very cool fabric made from simple printed cotton, smocked tightly and then fused to create something that felt substantial and expensive.
The delicate ink-and-watercolor print that dominated the middle of the show was also a big part of Sitbon's new ground. She said it had shades of China, while others saw echoes of Prada's fairy print. It was cut into sunray-pleated dresses as well as satin tops—part of Sitbon's renewed attempt to add tops, skirts, and pants to her dress-heavy oeuvre. Ultimately, the urban gypsy is ground that's heavily trod and potentially trite, but Sitbon's take escaped that fate by keeping her originality and the postcard nostalgia in equilibrium.