February 18, 2009 New York
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.