September 20, 2001 London
Sage's quip didn't exactly rock the aisles, but his show had plenty of other treasures worth looking atall made from a haul of Victorian patchwork, hunting jackets, embroidered Chinese silk and vintage nightshirts. Underneath the asymmetrical complexities, the color and shape of the dressesoften done with intricate pleating and a romantic full-skirted silhouettewas beautiful. Standouts were the designer's neat, short evening jackets, especially one in antique damask with a black organza ruffle bursting from a lapel. It's a compliment to Sage that, despite the heritage fabrics, this looks like a believable modern collection rather than a costume show.