When Brian Reyes introduced his line last spring, he seemed to be inspired by the ladylike aesthetic of former employer Oscar de la Renta. For fall, though, he changed tactics completely, surprising and disappointing many.

Reyes said he wanted to apply lightness (usually a spring concept) to fall clothes, but somehow this translated into transparency. The overexposure was unceasing from start to finish, and it was as detrimental to the collection as it would be to an A-list star in the glare of photographers' flashbulbs.

It was possible to see what Reyes might have been going for in one outfit: a delicately beaded tulle top paired with a veiled bubble skirt, but even that left la belle poitrine on view. The most covered-up look was a trench with a belt threaded through to form a tented back, but unnecessarily, there were three of those, just as there were repetitious pant-and-blouse combos. Hopefully, this was just an example of sophomore slump, and Reyes will recover his next time out.