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Guy Laroche's Morongiu comes of age
Guy Laroche designer shows gem-inspired collection, and no skin, in tricky cover-up show
By The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) ' It was a coming of age for Marcel Morongiu in his sophisticated gem-inspired fall-winter 2012 ready-to-wear offering for Guy Laroche. Fully-covered models with black gloves were covered in a treasure trove of evening wear.

Blouses, oversized coats and architectural gowns came in blinding bronze, coal, gold and malachite ' all sparklingly alluring but baring little flesh. The shortest skirt was below the knee and save one stand-out pleated graphite wrap-around in silk, decolletes were banned. Only funnel necks and crew collars were on view.

And with that Morongiu, who's been with the house nearly four years, went to the heart of one of the big fashion conversations this season.

"It's so easy to take everything off," said the designer. "Being covered and sexy, now, that's the tricky part."

It is a sign of the designers growing confidence, too, that he felt ready to revisit Guy Laroche's early DNA pieces ' largely avoided in past seasons ' such as the luxurious "pull en satin" and the loose but structured "robe sac" that peppered the show.

"When you first come to a respected house," the designer said backstage, "it takes some time to stamp your own identity. I now feel mature enough go back to the signature pieces to reinterpret them in my own way."

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