June 07, 2013 New York
Nothing evokes power more than a well-fitting suit, and there were plenty available: a classic black jacket and pant was given a sharp-shouldered edge, while a gray heather version was worn with a double-collar button-up. The collar-on-collar idea wasn't the only example of deceptive layering: A white cuff peeked out at the wrists of a chambray shirt. Even baby blue taffeta looks tough cut into a puffy bomber. But the real indication that this woman is ready for urban battle was the giant quilted parrot appliqué, done in Miami Vice colors and laid over everything from a leather sweatshirt to the inside of a jacket. It requires confidence to spare to pull off something that awesomely flashy.