Martin Grant Spring 2013 | Runway

Martin Grant Spring 2013

Martin Grant Spring 2013 | Runway

There's something to be said for a designer who makes beautiful clothes for the sake of making beautiful clothes. Martin Grant's Spring 2013 collection was full of strong, well-tailored dresses, coats, and separates that, while perhaps not as effusively fawned over as some of the other clothing shown in Paris this week, are nonetheless the kinds of garments that women will want to wear.

Take, for example, a dress that combined a deep-blue silk shirt with a pleated tweed skirt, or the handful of shirts and dresses that playfully employed the bishop's sleeve. Evening looks came with a straightforward glamour, like a gently tiered black cocktail dress or a blue gown with a layer of chiffon that moved to let the light shine through as its model came down the runway.

Speaking of models, Grant had one of the most diverse casts of any show we've seen in Paris. Perhaps that's this designer's way of saying his dresses are for everyone.