EVERYONE NEEDS A TREE!
said an unusually low-key, flu-touched Alber Elbaz. "Branches, roots. We're getting right back to the roots of tradition." There were some of his own roots in the collection's echoes of his master, Geoffrey Beene. The New York couturier had always warned his protégé about the dangers of gazar. "So difficult," Elbaz sighed as he talked about the endless problems involved in working with one of fashion's most mystique-laden fabrics. That difficulty was captured in pieces that were sheer but somewhat stiff—alluringly so.
BY TIM BLANKS