“This season is about a noble and bohemian family living in Venice, trying to hold on to the palazzo. They don’t have lots of money, children are going around grabbing carpets, tapestries, brocades, trying to use whatever they have to make up a new wardrobe for themselves.”
This was Andrew Gn’s colorful backstage description of his fall collection. It was an entertaining conceit, but there was nothing improvised about the resulting clothes. Fringe abounded on everything from a glistening black embroidered pony hair coat to a one-shoulder, teal crepe evening gown. The latter was one of several red-carpet winners, alongside a Thirties-style black crepe gown with a cape made from trompe l’oeil copper-sequined feathers.
This aesthetic has made Gn a favorite of celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba and Hailee Steinfeld. But, as the designer pointed out, uberchic blouses and coats are actually the mainstay of his business — and where his home-furnishings concept really came into its own. Oversize coats featured Oriental-rug motifs painstakingly embroidered with thousands of micro-suede sequins. The intricacy of the surface details was slightly lost in the glare of the catwalk, but the haute bohemian message came through loud and clear.