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.
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.