Sebastian Pons presented his sophomore collection, inspired by
Inquisition-era Spain, at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, a former synagogue on New York's
Lower East Side.
Pons showed some beautiful pieces and confirmed his power as a storyteller
with looks like his "communion" suits and a "cardinal" coat. (Though there were
times when his narrative got the better of himwho, after all, really
wants to look like an altar boy?) The superb craftsmanship that established him
as a designer to watch was evident in a print coat with center-front lacing (an
update on the stunning Chanel-y suit he showed for spring), some flirty knit
skirts, and two very wearable medieval-style dresses featuring chain mail and
crystal, courtesy of Swarovski. This was a show that would not have been
complete without a fairy-tale ending, which it got via the final looka
strict, chic gown with a subtle train in white and gold brocade. Amen to that.