The Ovadia twins are fraternal, but they're also identical enough that A-student Ariel could sit B-student Shimon's math finals without anyone noticing. And they're insistent that they're telepathic about everything, designing included. But did that telepathy anticipate the reaction to their very first Ovadia & Sons runway show today, where, in the interests of performance, they deep-sixed their reputation for precise tailoring in favor of rock-star flash? "People won't expect this," said Shimon. "But it's another side of what we love."

It was actually a very twinlike thing to do. How better for the Ovadias to express the duality that is at the heart of twindom than to embrace their own passion for Savile Row and CBGB in the same collection? So their mood board featured Kurt Cobain and David Bowie, and their show paraded a smart herringbone suit with a plaid shirt and toque. If their big brother's Guns N' Roses affliction was responsible for the rocker glitz of a silver leather blouson and a biker with leopard-print pony sleeves, it was Ariel and Shimon's own schizoid tendencies that birthed the casual dressiness of their latest looks. There wasn't a tie on the catwalk. An evening jacket in midnight-blue flannel was matched with a cashmere turtleneck. OK, not exactly a revolution, but it signposted the fact that the Ovadia boys were prepared to take a risk or two with their reputation on their first catwalk outing. Something about these two says there are likely to be a whole lot more. Risks, that is.