February 12, 2012 New York
Besides getting hooked on crochet, Yeramyan also discovered the work of the late photographer Seydou Keita, known for his portraits of fellow Malians in the fifties and sixties. Taking cues from the tiered layers and curved lines of Keita's subjects' dress, Araks distilled her silhouette down to a minimal approximation of theirs. A deep green, short-sleeved blazer flared out just slightly at the waist for a kicky peplum effect, while its inset lapel created a piece that was simultaneously streamlined and curvilinear. The voluminous pair of green and blue color-blocked, wide-leg trousers in silk georgette looked comfortable enough to be worn to bed, though they'd be the chicest pants on the street. Speaking of street, the award for the cleverest cold-weather accessory can be handed out here: A stand-alone mink collar that zipped up the back into a hood and doubled as a scarf in the front. Practical but plush, it summed up Araks' sensible separates well.