June 07, 2013 New York
Her business may be rooted in "softwear," as she likes to call it, but lingerie doyenne Josie Natori wanted to do something for Resort that was more structured and crisp. So she took the classic white shirt and gave it the Natori treatment: a draped collar here, a sleeve embroidered with graphic black lace or encrusted with chunky jewels there. "Who doesn't like a white shirt?" she asked. A subtle Asian influence was at work, evident in the voluminous origami folds on the shoulders of a citron-colored ponte dress, as well as on a kimono-style jacket in a black-and-white honeycomb pattern. The same print was repeated throughout the collection, almost as a neutral. It looked great on a pair of pants. "It all starts with the fabric," Natori said.