The Look: Voguette Chic (French Voguette, that is). Serious clothes for serious fashionistas, with plenty of couture-like handwork: a “chemise” of blush tulle hand-embroidered with Swarovski beading, melted paillettes and laser-cut organza petals stood out for both its workmanship and attitude. Gurung also worked haute couture sensibilities with color, like the vermillion silk-georgette and chiffon blouse (highlighted by hand-pleated bias-cut silk-chiffon panels) worn over slim fuchsia wool pants. Overall, an ambitious collection that felt artful and modern.
The Trimmings: White dresses accented with black lace have appeared on a few runways, and Gurung did his in both a painted-lace techno print on an ivory wool sheath and in the most delicate Chantilly lace panels on an ivory cloque sheath. Before you wonder if it was all too precious, he paired many looks with Daniel Storto’s black leather driving gloves with laces wrapped around the wrists.
The Models: Karlie Kloss opened the show in a hand-draped, full-skirted dress of crimson silk faille with an exposed black cotton tulle bustier.
The Front Row: Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer a few seats away from Carolina Herrera, Stefano Tonchi, Hamish Bowles, and newly named Vogue Paris editor Emmanuelle Alt, causing quite the stir.
The Music: With Valentine’s Day near, a cover of “Addicted to Love” seemed a perfect backdrop for the luscious reds that opened the show.