February 20, 2007 Milan
Some of it, admittedly, was down to styling: the military caps as well as the black tights, platforms, and long gloves that are cropping up in so many places. But Tarabini managed to inject enough personality into enough of the things she showed to differentiate her collection from all the others that currently feature laundry lists of black high-belted dresses and coats, egg-shaped skirts, and black patent. Tarabini's strengths: a naughty-schoolgirl black knife-pleat skirt in patent, a high-necked A-line coat, and, most credibly, her contribution to the knit revival that's becoming noticeable this season. Hers were fine-gauge sweater dresses in multidirectional stripes, with a skimpy roughness that made them seem like the kind of thing a young girl really might want to weara welcome contrast to the gargantuan quadruple-knit fantasies that have appeared on some other runways and that look frankly ridiculous in the midst of the world's global-warming crisis.