"Because I also see the retail side of things, I see what people are buying," designer Katy Rodriguez explained at tonight's presentation. She was speaking, of course, of the perspective she gains as the co-owner of vintage mecca Resurrection. "They're going for special, one-off pieces," she added. At the store that might mean a one-of-a-kind Azzaro; here Rodriguez looked to her own past as inspiration.

Voluminous ruffled miniskirts and strapless taffeta dresses made up the collection. As the designer put it, "a whole fifties-meets-eighties thing." The sweetness of a retro party dress turned edgy with thigh-grazing hems, patent-leather straps, and a vintage bondage pinup print. It was an homage, she said, to her early years as a club kid. It's a shame the likes of Area can't be resurrected, because these frocks deserve that kind of adventurous setting.