January 08, 2014 New York
But Ratabesi's quieter looks were worthy of attention, too—case in point, the cropped gray mohair sweater with an attached long layer of sheer black chiffon. And the evening look in mikado—a pairing of that key skirt shape with an oversize tee with ruffled sleeves—stood out precisely for its low-impact, unstudied-ness. (Ratabesi also reversed the trick, proposing an embellished formal jacket for day.) All told, this collection hit on a tone that felt right for Philosophy, and right for Ratabesi—young posh girl who mostly doesn't give a toss. It rhymes with the looks Alberta Ferretti designed for Philosophy back in its grunge-era heyday. One more thing worth calling out: this season's short-heel, patent leather Chelsea boots. Chances are they made it onto more than a few editors' pre-fall shopping lists today.