February 03, 2008 New York
Construction and the inner workings of a garment became the designers' fascination. A charcoal double-faced wool melton coat looked as if it had been put on inside out. From there they went to extremes, cutting away the back of a silk tweed jacket to expose the lining and all the seams, and piecing together a shearling as if it were a puzzle, so the shag was seen in partsthe arms, for instancewhile elsewhere the wool was spliced to reveal the shiny interfacing.
This collection had gorgeous colors and enough sequined cocktail dresses for all of the duo's socialite pals, but it was by no means their easiest to grasp, and it may turn off some of their less conceptually minded customers. That's of little consequence to McCollough and Hernandez. After all the kisses and congratulations backstage, they said the best thing about having new(-ish) backers is that it allows them to make two collections: one that's commercial (for that, visit the showroom) and one that's editorial. It's not tough to guess which they prefer.