February 12, 2009
Laura Poretzky was raised in several countries, but she is French-born and fluent in her mother tongue, so her choice of postrevolutionary France as a stylistic jumping-off point could be considered something of a homecoming. In keeping with her Les Incroyables theme, there were jodhpurs, a few ruffles, and a dash of aristocratic embellishments (some—like the chain-laden booties for Payless—less successful than others). A black knit jersey dress with short satin cap sleeves looked chic with a belt, and a breezier one in a jacquard print made up for some of the femininity that was missing throughout. All in all, it was an assured collection, with plenty to add to the polished girl's mix.