January 08, 2012 New York
All that dwelling on uniforms eventually led the designer to the military looks that made up the strongest part of the collection. We can't live on cocktail frocks alone, and the little fuchsia sweater and draped and twisted pencil skirt in army green had a wear-everyday appeal that could turn into a growth business for the brand. Still, the most reliable thing about a Ricci pre-fall collection just might be the red-carpet fodder. We won't be surprised when we see the plunge-front black gown with the tulle bodice and stretchy, long column skirt at the Globes or SAG Awards later this month.