Andrew GN Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2013 Paris
It remains a mystery why more Hollywood ingénues have not turned to Andrew Gn when they have to face the red carpet gauntlet. The American fashion police that stake out those events would meet any one of the looks in his spring/summer 2013 collection with open arms. But maybe Gn has turned his sights on one particular beauty who resides across the pond and who just happens to already be on every best-dressed list that’s been drafted in the past year.
For if the designer asked his audience to “imagine the Queen riding on a bejeweled elephant, seated beside the Maharaja of Jaipur,” as the cover of his show notes proposed and said that the collection was all about Queen Elizabeth II visiting India, he honestly isn’t fooling anyone. This show was made for the future Queen of England, the Duchess of Cambridge, and any woman who wants to emulate her chic, slightly experimental, style.
Gn is known for his love of using haute couture techniques and fabrics, and his fascination with embellishments. So a show with an Indian theme could have run the risk of ostentatious ornamentations. But the exact opposite happened with this collection. It was one of the most controlled and measured shows the designer has put on a catwalk in a number of seasons.
From the first look, a black-triple-crepe dress with a shawl collar that has a timeless elegance, though the chic silk tops that fluttered with built-in capes that came paired with pencil skirts in jewel hues and the brightly colored, pleat fronted, sleeveless ball gown- this show never put a step wrong.
When Gn did turn to ornamentation it was consistently done with a light hand. Sheath dresses would show up with three-dimensional fabric feathers fluttering down the front or featured a beaded paisley pattern along the hem of the skirt. The state dinner ball gowns were the perfect balance between the show’s cultural references and the needs of a modern woman who still has a social calendar filled with galas and need a gown she can get away with wearing more than once.
Gn should start sleeping with his cell phone close at hand. Because once the word gets out about this collection, more than one modern day royal is going to be putting his number on speed dial.
- Jessica Michault