It seems Ingie Chalhoub is feeling breezy. Her “La Dolce Vita”-inspired collection had a new lighthearted feel, peppered as it was with cute playsuits and pastel hues. There were still plenty of the evening gowns and embellished cocktail attire that have acquired the designer a growing following, both in the Middle East and in Europe and Asia, but many of these looks had a more youthful aura, too.
Enter a fresh yet elegant combo of a strapless faded-blue guipure gown with a denim-style jacket cropped and tapered to resemble a bolero. A dusty pink smocked knit dress was pretty but more casual, and there was plenty of crisp white cotton worked in a multitude of ways from pleats to ruffled collars. Organza played a key role, offering transparency to a pale blue and yellow watercolor print that was used in various ways, as well as simpler, but no less flouncy, black blouses and an array of ruffles and flared sleeves.
On the more embellished pieces, lace was given an updated twist with a shiny outer layer of looped stitches, and featured on skirts, jackets and gowns backed with more organza in black or silver. Embroideries formed cloud-like or floral patterns on several looks, making them dressy without being overly formal — although an organza gown that looked like a modern spin on a Regency-style gown perhaps took the bucolic narrative a step too far.