February 13, 2009 New York
Cue look one: a shapely gray melton wool jumper worn over an organdy blouse. Later on, there were plaid-bodied and white-collared "cleric" shirts. The outstanding looks in this collection, though, were the grown-up architectural coats, constructed with hexagonal and triangular pattern pieces—and a lighter hand than in the past. Less convincing were fanciful metallic jacquards that jarred with otherwise sober—and at times seriously chic—tailored pieces. That's not to say there was no fun in the lineup. In keeping with Pham and Aoki's aim to make things "more dressed up," there were two sweet and simple cocktail dresses that should help the wearer create a stir.