Katayone Adeli's intimate presentations, staged in her NoLIta store, are the perfect showcase for the designer's gently hip designs. A fan of under- rather than overstatement, Adeli lets trends murmur their way through her collection, rather than being shouted from the rooftops.
Her spring show suggested a country girl with glamorous ambitions. Adeli used tight jeans and snug overalls as a base layer over which she put delicate chiffon or jersey minidresses and tops. Her embellishments and styling referenced various decades: the '20s, the '70s (a flying eagle stretched across a white charmeuse top), the '80s (big "boyfriend" jackets over little dresses), but never glaringly so. Adeli also used a distinctive and eclectic palette: ivory, cobalt blue, canary yellow, black and tones of gray, along with the denim pieces. She may not be a verbose designerthe whole show was over in 14 looksbut Adeli's is a voice that carries.