There is a mini trend this season of designers using the world of interior decor as a starting point for their collections. Inspired by the rugs, curtains, couches and even the structural composition of furniture, they have reworked those staples into striking silhouettes. So Andrew Gn was in good company on Friday when he constructed his ensembles as if they had been repurposed home finery.
Fringing became one of the central ways Gn telegraphed his decor ideas. It made for quite an appealing embellishment to a line up of predominantly black daywear pieces. From the first cape covered in looping lines of passementerie that echoed perhaps the edging of a throw pillow and a rather sexy one shouldered dress built from pony hair and leather, its skirt crafted from braided velvet and hand knitted fringe, through thick carpet-like cable knit sweaters and intricately woven macramé skirts, this collection made a strong argument for home grown fashion.
Hey, if Scarlett O'Hara can pull it off, then Gn is most certainly up to the task.
Later in the show, the designer put on fine display his couture skills in some consequential coats that mimicked the beauty of Oriental rugs. Gn brought them to life through the exact placement of a copious amount of micro suede sequins; a choice that made for a sophisticated and subtle reference back on the fringe pieces from earlier in the show.
When it comes to interior design, GN loves a bit of extravagance and indulgence. Just look at the grandeur of his Paris apartment! But even the most well thought out households need a bit of spring cleaning every once in a while. And the same held true for this show. With a more vigorous edit, the collection would have been in perfect alignment.