Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear
February 12, 2009 New York
The best way to understand David Delfin's collection, titled "Revelations," is to know that the designer—who imported his collection from Madrid to New York for Fall—plays a small role in Pedro Almovódar's Broken Embraces. That simple factoid made sudden sense of the show's progression: It opened with strict and lean torero tailoring and closed with proto-fetishwear. A black wool top with floor-sweeping fringe added a touch of the surreal, while the counterpoint of black and white was, at times, almost ecclesiastic (when you averted your eyes from the uncompromising skintight fit and the models' sky-high patent pumps). If the sheer striped pieces looked like they were headed straight to video (cue the steamy music), a group of color-blocked "Chessy Rayner dresses," as one editor called them, were simply elegant. Delfin might have veered rather radically between the tacky and the tasteful, but he has a strong point of view, and that's worth its weight in oro.