June 10, 2013 New York
In keeping with the theme, Henry sketched sixties shapes—simple sheath dresses, bell-shaped coats, all with oversized collars—in zippy colors. (Sidibé shot in black-and-white, but here was a good case for petal pink, mustard, ice blue, and persimmon.) Henry's materials had a kind of make-do-and-mend scrappiness: silk shantung mixed with poly, cotton woven with plastic. It veered a little close to the precipice of American political incorrectness, but more to the point, it raised the question of how appealing polyester is as a selling point.
Still, there was a kicky modishness to the whole, with the cute puff-skirted dresses, the oversized costume jewelry (inspired in part by pieces worn by Nina Simone), and the models' spidery lashes. And the mood was infectious. You can practically hear the music in a Sidibé photo, so Henry paired his dresses with flats, one style made in conjunction with Ancient Greek Sandals. "For dancing," he said.