Rabih Kayrouz captured the confident sensuality of a woman who is secure in her relationship. “She’s going in and out of her lover’s apartment, where she doesn’t have anything to prove,” he said before the show. “She’s loved. She’s sexy. She’s complete.”
A woman like that doesn’t have to try too hard. Kayrouz developed a collection of understatement and comfort, which enhance this inner allure. It was beautiful and completely unforced.
Loose shapes caressed the body, hinting at but never revealing the figure underneath. A white caftan dress was crisp and pure; a fluid white tunic with black piping, discreetly slashed here and there and worn over pants, was sporty and elegant. There was ample black and white, but also controlled color in multihued stripes and dashes of emerald green. Full skirts done in graceful, gentle folds gave the lineup quiet drama, while one of the best looks tread in minimalist territory: a spare white jumpsuit, sleeveless with a high neckline, that looked simply constructed from two layered panels of fabric that elegantly fell from the neck toward each leg.