February 09, 2004 New York
Pons showed some beautiful pieces and confirmed his power as a storyteller with looks like his "communion" suits and a "cardinal" coat. (Though there were times when his narrative got the better of himwho, after all, really wants to look like an altar boy?) The superb craftsmanship that established him as a designer to watch was evident in a print coat with center-front lacing (an update on the stunning Chanel-y suit he showed for spring), some flirty knit skirts, and two very wearable medieval-style dresses featuring chain mail and crystal, courtesy of Swarovski. This was a show that would not have been complete without a fairy-tale ending, which it got via the final looka strict, chic gown with a subtle train in white and gold brocade. Amen to that.