February 13, 2010 New York
Fetherston infused her latest collection with a bohemian, seventies rock 'n' roll spirit—more realistic inspiration than the deer and Nutcracker themes she's looked to in the past. Pleated chiffon maxi dresses replaced Spring's shorter hems. Groovy purple velvet blazers, fitted vests, and flared trousers proved Fetherston is pretty adept at tailoring, too. Still, the designer couldn't resist tossing in some of her signature silhouettes (a little strapless coral silk frock with dévoré bustier, for example). They didn't quite vibe with the soundtrack of "All Tomorrow's Parties," but her overall message was clear. "I could make party dresses forever, but it's good to push yourself to try new things," she said. Even the biggest dreamers need to return to reality sometimes.