February 16, 2011 New York
Where does a designer start when addressing the Blass legacy? Dipping into the house archives, Monteiro found himself drawn to the Fall 1970 collection. There was a definite old-school Blass feel here, but the designer also kept it current with clean lines, light fabrics, and a mostly black and white palette. A raglan tunic with an asymmetric striped pattern was cut in iridescent taffeta, and there was an unexpected slash on the lower back of a simple, ruby cocktail dress. The long looks here were particularly striking. The sharp blazer dress Frida Gustavsson wore had a mid-thigh slit for some sex appeal, and a triple-ply maxi skirt with a trailing feathered hem had broad appeal. Monteiro is starting to lay a new foundation for the house that Blass built.