At a preview, Suno
's Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis talked about two
divergent goals for Fall: One, to evoke a "childlike glee," and two, to enhance the collection's wearability. It's a testament to their skill that they pulled them both off. Upping the glee factor was easy for this print-loving duo: They whipped up a dress covered in naïve Edward Gorey-esque doodles, and created a black and white pattern of trees for another frock that, upon close inspection, revealed tiny creatures hidden among the leaves. There was also pleasure to be found in a sweet evening jacket and dress in colorful beaded flowers embroidered on a background of shimmery black sequins.
Where the designers stretched themselves was with their outerwear. A houndstooth and camel jacket had a masculine, military influence that provided a strong counterpoint to the knit dress underneath it. And the multicolor stripes that opened the show likewise had a bold, graphic feel.
It wasn't all hits. A blue and red geometric motif wrap dress looked more like DVF than quirky Suno. But mistakes like that aside, the important thing is they're figuring out ways to ensure that their relevance lasts longer than fashion's current fascination with print.