PARIS, Mar 10, 2009 / FW/ — “This collection is all about the engineering of the garments, seaming, shapes and exploring different grains of fabrics,” said Andrew Gn in his press notes. Showing a total of 45 exits, half of which is his ready-to-wear line and the other half, his premier line called Atelier, it was actually hard to tell where ready-to-wear ends and Atelier begins.
The only reason I knew was because I was holding the run of show; but, even then, it was hard to decide whether the bottle green fox jacket with python trim, which was officially on the ready-to-wear list should belong with the Atelier list that began with the double-faced wool crepe suit with mock-croc embroidery in hand-cut leather and jet beads.
“My clothes are designed for a woman who appreciates quality and ‘inner luxury’, and understands refined hand-crafted details,” said Andrew Gn. Perhaps, there lies the answer why it was hard to discern which is which.
Because for both ready-to-wear and Atelier lines, Andrew Gn created the pieces with built-in details to maximize the comfort of the garments, hence the title of the show, ‘Utility Couture.’
Photos by Thomas Barnes