"You look fabulous," said Sharon Stone, passing through the Hotel du Cap, clutching a medal decorating my feathery gown designed in what looked like leaves in gray felt and lace, and worn by said reporter for amFAR this year.
The design was by Poland 's Gosia Baczynska, and if there is a designer I tend to gush on about, it is this one.
Finally we were face to face, as she readied for her Spring Summer 2015 collection backstage at the Polish Embassy on Thursday, giving instructions to the pretty Polish models whose blond locks were only accentuated by the opulent gold interiors.
A versatile designer, her beautiful work often relies upon guipure lace reworked into edgy cuts and designs.
As well as the beautiful lace work, she has also had her neoprene moments, however.
In previous seasons, some of her collections have looked like something white and space age from “A Space Odyssey.”
Think an A-frame skirt, decorated with circle cut-outs, with the skirt bowled out as if suspended in space and held out by gravity, like a flying saucer.
This season, the collection was about finely worked lace once again. It was inspired by Henry Miller's “Commandments.” These are sayings that Miller came up with between 1932 and 1933.
Here, they were worked into the pleats of skirts, scrawled on to the runway, or written onto plastic bracelets.
You could say it gave an intellectual bent to the proceedings, and argue that, in turn, Baczynska takes an intelligent approach to fashion.
Here, she created a deconstructed decadence, dresses that looked like 1920s designs with silky pleats that were punctuated with circles or other shapes, as if the dress had been given a make-over by an industrial machine, designed to press precise holes into things.
It was the sort of detail that always draws my eyes to her looks, even in a room full of other designs.
The lace designs decorated models bodies like rich gold jewelry. Think fine trousers with the hem joined artistically at the front.
Or there were simply structured tops where the lace was intertwined like feathers decorating the torso.
These women were free spirits whose legs were colored with crayons.
In short, the show combined old world elegance with modern day technology and lots of letters, some bold, others discreet.
Figure-hugging dresses in silk jersey bore some of Miller's mantras, spelled out in a jumble of large letters, like: "Work On One Thing At A Time Until Finished" or "Don't Be A Draught Horse, Work With Pleasure Only."
"The designs are for a modern girl with a rebellious spirit and the lace is, wow, expensive," the designer told NowFashion backstage, before putting the finishing touches to her pieces like a dressmaker of old. "I am nervous."