September 10, 2005 New York
Chung built her name on architecturally draped jersey dresses, and she did just one for spring, embroidering the torso with an extravagant array of Swarovski crystals. But mostly, she traded in her flowing knits for silks and satins. Cocktail length or to the floor, they looked luxurious (and expensive), especially when they came with net overlays attached by swirls of rhinestones. But despite her best efforts, they just didn't have the same swing of her jersey numbers. Backstage, she said her gossamer creations brought to mind "pissed-off fairies." Apparently, they weren't angry enough, and it all could have benefited from a bit more attitude.