February 09, 2002 New York
Bruce's theme was evoked with details like cording, "sail" belts and knot-like draping. Sex appeal was in ample supply thanks to pieces like the fine net top worn, with a black tank dress, by Caroline Ribeiro. Highlights included the black pocket pants modeled by Delfinea trimmer, refined take on slouchy hip-hop trousers. The pairing of floaty draped pieces with more substantial, almost sporty separates such as tab jeans and a car coat kept things on an even keel, with only the voluminous, multi-cowl blouses ever threatening the balance. Jody Busby's single earringsdangling chunks of stone wrapped with thread-thin wireadded some sparkle to the somberly colored clothes, which were all rendered in a muted palette of black, smoke, taupe and teal.
This was a collection for confident sophisticates, exuding an ease and fluidity that have been finely honed over the last few seasons.