September 28, 1999
Gabrielle Strehle designed for Strenesse a concise line of blouson shirts, off-the-shoulder tops, and slinky dresses in solid shades of white, aqua, gold and tan. The general feeling was reminiscent of California in the '70s, but the final effect was thoroughly contemporary. Soft suede, denim twill and baby cashmere gave the collection an atmosphere of luxury that stemmed from precision of design and refinement of materials rather than overt decoration. Smart details like subtle beading on gold skirts, thin belt straps and ruched necklines packed quite a punch, but were never overdone.