June 13, 2011 New York
The answer was, do more with less. Leather and suede appeared frequently, but pieced together with linen, cotton, and silk. A square-cut T-shirt alternated panels of leather and linen, and pretty printed dresses were finished off (perhaps a mite too decoratively) with leather belt bows. Even shoes got subjected to the cutout treatment: Sandal heels and flat oxfords were skeletons of their full-formed selves. Shapes emphasized volume, with A-line skirts, wide-leg pants, tunic tops, and trapeze dresses—room to breathe, in other words, which you'd no doubt want while lounging by the lake. On the whole, the collection skewed quite minimal, which made for a dignified offering. If it was occasionally out of step with the print-mad moment (though a few geometric patterns at the end nodded at printomania), it was nonetheless true to the streamlined, aristocratic chic Fidler and Herz are making their signature at the label.