February 11, 2001 New York
Adeli has successfully tapped into the need for clothes that retain an air of romantic sensuality but are imbued with a street-smart edge. In her hands, a train on an indigo-blue dress becomes a chic accessory that can be toyed with while sipping a martini, then pinned to the waist when it's time to face reality and fetch a taxi. Her leather jackets are paneled and sliced, creating an effect that's both tough and delicate; pencil skirts are ruched at the seams and paired with lacy shirts with turquoise sequin details half-hidden at the shoulder. Adeli is proving that she has some savvy tricks up her sleeve, reworking traditional notions of femininity into sexy, functional looks that are relevant to a young, urban generation of women.