February 07, 2006 New York
Khairzada and Jentzsch are less interested in trends than in clothes that work, via fabric technology and quality construction. But their fall collection also works in another way, with a range of office-friendly pieces. A white cotton shirt worn under a gabardine dress updated Karan's "easy pieces" ideal, and color made suits look both feminine and professional. Khairzada and Jentzsch are talented tailors, but at times the severity of their clothes verges on Blade Runner territory (all those leather inserts on the inner arm). Pleated pants were overly voluminous, but two draped jersey dresses showed a softer side to Naum, a label still forging its identity.