Andrew Gn’s show began on an unexpectedly somber note. An announcer notified guests that Gn would not be taking his bow at the end of the display. “Andrew has just undergone surgery for a critical heart condition. He’s now recovering. He’s in very positive spirits and with us in thought,” he said.
What followed was the collection that Gn worked on until a few days ago. It was, in soccer parlance, a game of two halves: one part clean-cut geometric lines, the other delicate vintage patterns.
Gn used graphic elements, such as contrasting topstitching on the winged shoulder panels of a denim-blue linen dress, and nautical-inspired trimmings on a black skater dress. He sprinkled in some primitive motifs, most effectively on a punchy coral short-sleeve shift with beige appliqués.
From there, he segued into a sequence of gowns featuring a print of butterflies, plants and flowers inspired by a Chinese imperial porcelain bowl from his extensive antiques collection. It appeared, sometimes partially embroidered, on dresses in vibrant shades that included orange, apple green and sky blue.
A mint-green crepe cape dress embellished with botanical embroideries managed to be both regal and fresh. They were the kind of ladylike confections guaranteed to make a woman look her best — clearly demonstrating why Gn remains a red carpet go-to for actresses such as Elizabeth Banks, Emma Stone and Elisabeth Moss.