There was a gleaming white beach and boardwalk waiting for us inside the Bryant Park Main Tent at 10am this morning, in sharp contrast to the grey, cloudy, rainy Manhattan morning. Even more surprising though, were the rock heiresses and party girls like the Geldof sisters, Alice Dellal and Ruby Stewart up so early and sitting in the front row, especially for a label renowned more for its 'preppy chic' rather than its 'rock chick'. But there was plenty here for savvy, stylish girls who want to add an unexpectedly cool, fresh lightness to their rock'n'roll wardrobe. The show started with harp music and the sound of early morning birdsong, and then we were transported to the French Riviera circa 1920, via Wimbledon with the staccato sounds of a hard and fast tennis match underway. The best volleys however, came from Christophe Lemaire himself as he sent sexy, sharp and sensual look after sexy, sharp and sensual look down the runway.
Gorgeous slouchy washed linens and jersey in faded azure stripes.
Cable sweaters with plunging necklines topped with berets.
An outstanding blue Chambray hooded shirt dress which would flatter any figure.
And the flirtiest pleated chiffon tennis skirt I have ever seen.
All topped off with a canary yellow finale that felt like a burst of southern French sunshine.
Throughout the collection there were glimpses of a young Coco Chanel hanging out in Cannes (not forgetting of course, that she was the 'rock chick' of her era.) So no wonder Peaches, Pixie, Alice and Ruby bothered to set their alarm clocks!
- Andrew Scott Holden in New York