February 08, 2013 New York
That isn't to say that they threw pattern out the window. Not quite. But as promised, black predominated, opening and closing the show, with smart-looking quilted outerwear at the beginning, and at the end, a coat-dress over pants combo embroidered in crystals that owed a debt to Prada. In the middle came a section of printed tunic tops, some with semi-detached bibs that Beatty likened to modern armor, worn over pants. The medieval reference points were handled delicately; those armorial shirts were paired with crisp pinstripes. Wearability has always been central to Suno's success, and key pieces here like an asymmetrical gray wool jacket, a pleated peplum shirtdress in plaid, and a Swarovski-embroidered crop top and matching skirt will no doubt enjoy their own moments in the paparazzi glow a year from now.
Bigger picture, we've been wondering when the craze for print would eventually die down (and secretly hoping that the end would come soon). Suno's new course is as good an indication as any that we're ready for a shift.