February 02, 2008 New York
Among Saunders' starting points were Brancusi sculptures and Irving Penn sand collages. His imaginative journey also took in the realm of classic science fiction. But he returned to earth, literally, in terms of palette. Camel was the predominant tone throughout, and it worked wonderfully on both a monochrome halter dress with a side fall worn by Liya Kebede and a sexy-secretary number on Isabeli Fontana.
Saunders' big evening numbers were the standouts of the collectionespecially striking was a snug black strapless tuxedo-y gown. It might be difficult for the average earthling to pull off the looks with billowing pleated panels, and some of the zip-front panel dresses seemed overcomplicated, but with this collection, Saunders proved he's no alien to sophisticated urban dressing.