February 12, 2011 New York
Cute idea, but maybe too cute? A few pieces felt costumey (and not just the black wedding gown that closed), and it was hard to shake the feeling of familiar tropes being revisited instead of new territory being explored. To be fair, Yoon and Clyburn were clear that a trip down memory lane would naturally pass through the nineties (fertile stomping ground for all this season, it seems), and in fact, a wispy, long-sleeve T-shirt dress cut on the bias was simple and lovely. But there wasn't much that was fresh about the tiered and slashed hemlines on numerous dresses and tops—several of which came in plaid, to boot. It would be nice next season if Bensoni gave their backstory less import and let the design process lead the way.