Photographed by Gabriel
The staging for the Guy Laroche show, held Saturday morning in the Louvre,
looked like a backdrop fit for gay pride day with rainbows arching across the
ceiling and the stage.
The show that followed, however, was not so much high camp as it was high
style, with artistic director Hervé L. LeRoux continuing to develop the codes
that he explored in his first two collections for the label.
Models trooped down the white runway in high heeled sandals, while
accessories played second fiddle to the clothing.
You could see it in the opening suits, skirts built of tiers of overlapping
linen - cool, clean and seductive. You could see it in the exacting
silhouette of a simple black cocktail dress, or the exuberance of the tulip
cut licorice-colored gown that dissolved into folds of white pleats. You
could see it in the set of airy prints as light as cotton candy clouds. This
collection was a succinct expression of contemporary chic, clearly targeting
the elegant woman of today.
If Guy Laroche is in somewhat of a renaissance, it's solely thanks to the
artistic finesse of the designs of LeRoux.