February 10, 2005 New York
While their spring show featured dresses almost exclusively, the duo expanded their reach with their sophomore collection, showing pants, jackets (like a short clay-colored model), dramatic capes, and belted coats that wrapped around the body like an embrace. As for the dresses, they were expertly executed: The designers achieved soft, supple, drapey effects, as well as more structured ones, making a famously clingy fabric practical and wearable. Floaty jersey lace was worked into swingy skirts, while heavier pieces, in a muted palette of soft clay, loden, and oatmeal, had surprising, sporty pockets. The finale, a red wrap-top floor-length gown with pockets above the high waist, was an absolute valentine.