January 07, 2013 New York
That, pretty much, was the vibe of the collection: feminine yet unfussy, with a styling MO that was almost ersatz. The strongest looks, in general, were Ratabesi's winter whites, in particular the dresses and tops softened by a waterfall of ruffles or fluid pleats. She also cut more than a few pairs of sharp trousers; the unusual knits, such as a furry sweater, also made an impression. But the most intriguing harbinger of things to come from Ratabesi may have been the long black dress with lace cutouts. Once you noticed its slouchy cut, so counterintuitive in a gown, you realized that Ratabesi is a designer capable of evoking not just an era but an attitude through clothes. It will be interesting to see what she does with that talent next season.