June 11, 2012 New York
When life handed Tawfik Mounayer lemons, he turned them into something sweet for his latest Resort collection. The Tribune Standard designer grew up roaming through his family's citrus groves in coastal Israel and made a zesty print (somewhat reminiscent of Dolce & Gabbana's Spring lineup) the focal point here. It came on flirty tie-back sundresses and crisp poplin shifts with an oxford collar and discreet slashes near the shoulders. Fruit aside, Mounayer has a clear message this season—see the fun raincoat with transparent vinyl sleeves and trouser waistbands subtly trimmed with thin strips of PVC. At this morning's presentation, he hinted that he's headed for a very different part of the Mediterranean for Spring (yes, folks, September NYFW is just around the corner, and you can be sure designers are already feeling the heat). If the va-va-voom finale look—a red-hot, off-the-shoulder jersey number that was very Sophia Loren—serves as any indication, we'd say he's off to Italy.