February 14, 2012 New York
A leaf-strewn runway filled in for the grounds of an English manor. For a well-appointed weekend in the country there was plenty of plaid, tweed, and houndstooth; and, for horse lovers, a pair of saucy black leather jodhpurs. Sherlock Holmes had been invited, too, and his influence could be seen in a fitted, salt-and-pepper jacket that fluttered into a cape.
A model in one of Eric Javits' darling hats and a matching black-and-white-check bias-cut sheath could have been his chic sidekick (sorry, Watson). Hannant skipped the volume for evening, opting instead for a languid silhouette. A black, panne velvet mermaid gown with a beaded décolleté fit the bill, but the best dress was much less glamorous: A clingy jersey sheath color-blocked in purple, emerald, and tan, which felt unexpected and new. It may not have been in Wallis' repertoire, but it evoked the here and now.