October 22, 2015
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos by Yannis Vlamos
Paris, France – This might not be the Andrew GN that we were expecting for Spring/Summer 2016. But it is an Andrew GN that we can all get behind as his new collection takes us by surprise. In it we have a designer taking his work into a new direction. And we readily go along for the adventure.
This season the designer is showing off his skills in the art of variation. Gone are the long gowns and tailored blazers that we expect of him. In their place stand colorful dresses for parties and for those occasion when a woman needs to be “seen”.
When the collection begins, we are introduced to looks in denim. One would think that this would be a major force in this movement. However, it is what the designer has done with the extremely visible white stitching that really catches one’s eye. GN uses this chalkline-like stitching as the first recurring leitmotif in the collection. We see it implicated in the opening indigo blue pieces, then on other pieces in black.
Andrew GN later goes on to include lots of woven geometric patterns into his materials. He uses them to create tight-belted dresses, bouncy skirts and large, short-cut trousers pants. However, it is only towards the last portions of the collection where we see the butterfly theme really make its presence known in the prints. They appear on bright background colors of yellow, white, orange, green, off white, pale mint, etc.
As for lengths, Andrew GN has decided to keep it simple. The GN woman will either wear decidely short cuts that fall from just above the knee to above mid-thigh or she will wear full lengths in her dresses and skirts.
Who says that surprises have to be bad? Here Andrew GN gives us lots of surprises for Spring/Summer 2016, and they are all pleasant ones.