February 08, 2013 New York
Using Russian Romanticism as a jumping-off point, the Fall collection featured corded frog closures on a soft camel cape as well as a hand-painted neon print inspired by Kremlin architecture, which Mounayer described as "babushka meets Barbarella."
The most noteworthy pieces here incorporated interesting textures. Little black dresses were cut from a bubbly brocade, for example, and a silk twill cocktail number was embellished with gobstopper-size crystals that jangled with each step—not the worst way to make a memorable entrance or exit. Mounayer also bejeweled the neckline of a peasant blouse similar to the ones from recent seasons that "Oprah has been ordering left and right," according to the designer. In terms of sales, it never hurts to keep churning out one of Oprah's favorite things.