Nicole Noselli and Daphne Gutierrez, who make up the
design team Bruce, snapped up this year's Perry Ellis
Award for womenswear, and with good reason. The duo
consistently produces quietly intelligent,
sophisticated clothes whose apparent simplicity
betrays an almost compulsive attention to detail.
Noselli and Gutierrez worked with a muted chromatic
range (white, black, khaki and brick were the only
colors in the collection), relying on clean, perfectly
proportioned lines for effect. A pristine tab-collar
cotton shirtdress was stark and immaculate, except for
a copper cincture at the waist and minute pin-tucks
that decorated the sleeves; dresses gently skimmed the
body, shaped only by deftly applied tucks and folds. A
triple layer of pleats ran across the shoulders of a
prim cap-sleeve shirt; an off-kilter skirt looked
perfect with an intricately constructed, asymmetric
"We wanted to work with pleating, like last season,
but presenting a looser, more comfortable silhouette,"
said Noselli after the show.