February 04, 2007 New York
Instead, Laing27 and showing his third collection in New Yorkpresented a sober selection of smartly tailored dresses, suits, and separates in a muted palette of grays and greens. You had to look closely to see where Laing lets loose. It's all in the finer details: architectural constructions (a boxy, faceted hitch at a neckline instead of darting, for instance) or a kaleidoscopic crystal print (created from a blown-up digital photo). This detailing knocked classic silhouettespouf-skirted party frocks, drawstring dresses, and slouchy suitsslightly askew, and pushed what might otherwise have been ho-hum into the realm of cool.