Reversible. It's not a concept you come across much in high fashion. Narciso Rodriguez expended a good bit of energy making not only his knit sweaters reversible this season, but also a double jacquard dress. The pieces were a testament to Rodriguez's ingenuity and his abiding interest in his customers' real-life needs. Who couldn't use two frocks for the price of one?
That wasn't the only way he was thinking outside the box. Rodriguez just may be one of the most print-averse designers on the planet, but after looking at a lot of figurative painting, he was compelled to give florals a spin. He did them his own way, of course, combining the romance of watercolor blooms with athletic, brightly colored neoprene, or matching a graphic black-and-white vine motif with a more delicate leaf print in violet and white. He even tried out prints for evening, a rare occasion indeed. The ankle-grazing slipdress in a watercolor floral with a nude bodice will be snapped up by one of his bold-faced true believers. Stretchy, body-con cocktail dresses and jumpsuits with geometric cutouts in back were less unexpected, but not unwelcome.