February 17, 2010 New York
TRIAS' simple silhouettes also had more going on than was apparent at first glance. Almost all the dresses had a square panel floating off the back, like a cropped rectilinear cape. It was an interesting way to add volume, but the concept was repeated so many times by the end of the show that it lost its oomph. An unflattering pair of Bermuda shorts in silk faille suffered from an excess of layered and pleated fabric. That was a shame, because the material itself had a gorgeous luster; it looked great with one of the show's highlights—ombré hand-knit tights with pointelle detailing up the back. In a collection marred by repetition, one-off niceties stood out.