PARIS--Caroline Seikaly has quite an interesting background. She studied at RISD, interned with Isaac Mizrahi, then moved to Paris to work with Christian Lacroix. In 1999, she began a seven-year-long career with Karl Lagerfeld.
After leaving Lagerfeld, Seikaly launched her eponymous collection. The first piece she designed was her own wedding dress.
Her Spring 2011 collection, which I saw yesterday in an airy studio at Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, consists of mostly short, pastel cocktail frocks. In them, you can see her preference for the pretty. But what you can't see is the influence of her teachers. (Well, maybe a little of Lagerfeld at Chanel.) Seikaly's pieces are distinctly feminine, in a way only a woman can design.
(My favorite was clearly the lace, backless dress.)