June 13, 2012 New York
"An American in Paris" themes pop up with some regularity in fashion, but you don't see the reverse quite as often. French label Paule Ka changed things around for Resort by presenting its latest lineup in New York instead of Paris. It was a fitting relocation considering the Big Apple served as the collection's inspiration. A nubby knit tank and matching flared skirt in a zippy yellow and black combination brought taxicabs to mind, and an A-line frock was dubbed the "Chrysler Building" dress for its architectural color blocking. For over 20 years now, Paule Ka has been creating couturelike silhouettes evocative of the sixties. Oversized trapeze-shaped toppers like the cracked vinyl version here recur season after season, but they could see a sales boost this time around considering the current away-from-the-body trend in outerwear. Another smart piece was a versatile cropped vest designed to transform the collection's simple poplin shifts. One dress, two distinct looks—that's the kind of deal any girl (French or American) can get behind.