September 30, 2012 Paris
This was Gn at his most assured. The designer has never used a stylist, preferring to do the work of editing his collections himself. In truth, he could've culled more than a few looks from this lineup, but it was nonetheless his strongest in seasons. India and the Orient made appearances via his lavish use of embroideries, the Mughal neckline of a full-skirted party dress, and deep, saturated colors, too. The indigo blue of a ball gown with a deep-slit neckline lingers in the memory, but the real evening standouts were the duchesse satin dresses in un-colors like Tahitian pearl and Clair de Lune, embellished with clusters of opal and quartz crystals. For Middleton's next gala, perhaps?