September 08, 2004 New York
Chow has an imaginative sense of color and fabric that can lead to some inspired results. White cotton eyelet, made into a knee-length skirt or paired with a floaty, pleated, Swarovski-crystal-embroidered black skirt, took on a fresh smartness, while his black-and-white organza bubble dress gave new life to an old cliché. But raw silknot one of fashion's sexier fabrics to begin withdoesn't exactly win prizes when it's dyed tricky colors like teal, coral, and scarlet. If Chow can steer clear of such clunkers, he won't need to go so far afield for inspiration.