Opening in ancient mode, Pons showed a one-shouldered toga in a natural tint, followed closely by another in Roman purple. He used linen, a fabric with an appropriately venerable past, for a series of marvelous dresses: one with simple decorative stitching, like a converted table cloth; another embroidered in blue; yet another painted by hand with a pomegranate motif. Some of the most chic pieces in the collection were the suitsa kind of campesino take on Chanel, with drop-waisted skirts and embroidered cardigan jackets that laced up the front and at the wrist. The concept was repeated to more bohemian effect with rustic Ikat prints and added fringes.
As the show progressed the clothes became more decorative, moving through knits in Arabian-inspired patterns and hues to end in a souk-like riot of color: pink and green chiffons stitched with semi-precious stones; a chemise entirely embroidered in colored threads and pieces of mirror; and simple dresses with floral prints and pretty ribbon trims. Overall, Pons achieved an impressive balance between the classic and the decorative, launching his fashion caravan on what looks set to be a thrilling journey.