February 02, 2008
Citing Hitchcock films like Rear Window and Rope as inspirations, the former Trovata designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos sent out 14 looks that, by striking a balance between surface conservatism and winking sexuality, captured one of the key emerging moods of the season. Even better, they did it at a price that won't break the bank. There were shades of Tippi Hedren in a sharp black leather bomber, checked shirt, and slim pencil skirt, and in a yellow sheath topped by a belted cardiganbut it wasn't done too literally. "We want to design clothes that are comfortable in our time frame," said Halmos. There should be no shortage of contemporary heroines lining up for a cashmere tuxedo suit or the brushed wool tank dress with silk faille pleating at the neckline.