September 20, 2002 New York
Titled “Citizen of the World,” the collection was inspired by the New York immigrant experience. But from look one (Omahyra wearing striped trousers and a fringed “ghetto” tank top made of do-rags), it was clear that the clothes transcended the labels (“banker,” “hasidim,” “traveler”) and themes (a tarmac-styled runway) imposed on them. The strongest looks, like a simply elegant, extra-large T-shirt dress, were gimmick-free, while Adrover’s sharkskin suits and “New Yorker” blazer were crowd-pleasing exercises in precision tailoring. For evening, the designer seemed to channel Adrian, sending out a Jean Harlow–worthy silk satin dress and a high-wattage, Swarovski-beaded gown miraculously pieced together from myriad puzzle-shaped pieces.
All this was presented to a soundtrack that morphed from takeoffs and landings to a steady heartbeat. An apt metaphor for a career that now looks to be on a straight—and resolutely individual—track.