Carine Gilson has extended the rigorous production methods and codes of her namesake lingerie label into an eveningwear capsule, Flora.
Produced by hand in her Belgian atelier, the collection includes riffs on house signatures like the bustier, the kimono, and mixes of Caudry lace and Lyon silk.
Gilson, who will soon be celebrating the 30th anniversary of her label, said she’d been mulling the line for a while, as a new expression of savoir-faire. Each piece takes two full days to produce, involving eight different steps.
Styles include a kimono that flips to transform into an evening dress, wide flowing pants in imperial crepe, lace blouses that can be layered over silk blouses, and evening caftans and coats. A giant hand-embroidered flower adorns certain looks. White is the common thread of a palette intermixing black, acacia and lilac.
Prices start at 600 euros for a top and cap at around 5,000 euros for an evening dress.
Gilson will present the collection in her renovated Paris boutique on Rue de Grenelle on Sept. 28. A selection of pieces are already available in the designer’s new concept store in Brussels.
Bergdorf Goodman has already picked up a selection of pieces for its Noir space, Gilson said.