February 06, 2006 New York
Would that Sarafpour had kept things simple. More decorative looks, like a plaid skirt with a lacy flower patched on its front, came across as prissy. Of course, ornamentation can be one of this designer's strong points. A trompe l'oeil bow tie that turned up on a silk top looked just as cute today as it did in her resort and spring collections. But that brings up a point: One would hate to see Sarafpour rest on her laurels. (Or those of other designers, for that matter: Some saw a hint of Lanvin in the velvet hourglass dresses and of vintage Thierry Mugler in the lace-up, stacked-heel boots they were paired with.) Hopefully, after a strong spring season, she is just taking a breather before refocusing her energies.