February 01, 2008
Fomenting fashion revolution clearly isn't the aim of Abaeté's Laura Poretzky. Rather, the designer continues her quiet evolutionthis season, adding tailoring and separates to a previously dress-centric oeuvre. Poretzky's strength is in making ever more understated, chic clothes that are long on commercial appeal, so an inspiration of medieval armor takes shape in a simple steel-gray jersey top tucked into a gray circle skirt, or in the flat pewter paillettes embellishing the waist of an otherwise plain black silk dress. Anything to write home about? Perhaps not. But there is something to be said for ably translating trends into simple, well-priced looks that make an attractive, anonymous addition to a wardrobe. And that something might be, "Put it on my credit card."