PARIS--"I was not inspired at all at the beginning," said Caroline Seikaly before her fall 2011 "showtation." The Lebanese-American designer, whose resume includes a degree from RISD and stints with Isaac Mizrahi and Karl Lagerfeld had a baby the day after she showed her last collection. "So I was baby, baby, baby and I just got blocked," she said.
She ended up finding inspiration in her immediate environment: the Hedi Slimane men's pants she likes to wear and the music she was listening to--Brandon Flowers, Vanessa Paradis and David Bowie (hence the title of her collection, "Star Dust"). As a result, Seikaly's fall collection has a menswear, 70s, Studio 54 vibe. Tuxedos opened the show in shiny black meteorite jacquard and satin, followed by slinky dresses in silver and black lamé. Like last season, Seikaly used lace in several looks to great effect, including a long tiered white dress that would make any bride-to-be feel stunning (which figures, considering the first piece she ever designed for herself was her own wedding dress).
This was a smoldering collection--cross draped chiffon dresses plunged in the front--but it was still feminine. Sexy in the way that only a woman could have designed. These weren't women-as-sex-object-type dresses (ahem, Tom Ford)--a woman who is lucky enough to wear one of these will feel confident in her sexuality, not on display.
**All images: Imaxtree.