June 06, 2011 New York
Douglas Hannant must've been feeling intrepid, staging his Resort show on the flight deck of the Intrepid on a 90-plus-degree afternoon. Scorching heat aside, the novelty factor of the runway setting was a definite bonus that also enhanced the clothes. If the first couple of bateau stripe looks didn't tip you off to the nautical theme going on, then accessories like sailor hats and rope necklaces certainly drove the designer's point home. There was an assortment of goodies for Hannant's ritzy patron here, with daywear pieces being the most notable. You could picture a part-time Palm Beach resident lounging poolside in an oversize, cable-knit poncho. The sharp red tweed pencil skirt with a matching cape jacket would transition from the office to cocktail hour seamlessly, and nobody's going to take issue with a crisp, tweed-trimmed trench cut from silk gazar. Evening gowns—like the finale number with over-the-top ostrich feathers embroidered on a poufy ball gown—could have benefited from the more straightforward approach Hannant took to sportswear.
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