February 10, 2011 New York
What was easy enough to make out was this: Threeasfour had seized inspiration from music, in particular from stringed instruments, and the relationship between sound and form. The theme was explored in literal ways—accessories made from used violins, which will in fact be produced for sale—and via extrapolation. Notably, the collection featured a number of halterneck dresses fretted like harps, some embroidered in Spirograph-esque designs, others, in a silk-nylon blend, riffing on the construction of parachutes. The most inventive boasted ruffles of pleated horsehair snaking around their skirts like viscera.
Elsewhere, the looks felt familiar: curved, quilted coats and jackets, including an especially good collarless offering, done in panels of leather and neoprene; pieced leather pants and leggings; draped jumpsuits and dresses in a graphic wool suiting pinstripe. The latter looks were decidedly commercial—and in general, the collection was marked by its accessibility. In fact, it seemed fair to wonder whether the designers had decided to give their show so little light lest these clothes be seen for what they are: approachable.