September 10, 2005
After Bryan Bradley's Sunday night show, one has to wonder if he'll be able to pack the front row next season with as many Park Avenue social types. The artier, more outré ones will come, but the clients who learned to love Tuleh for its elegant yet slightly offbeat cocktail dresses might drift away to a more reliable, if not reserved, house. Not that there weren't some fun party dresses. One strapless number spray-painted to resemble an artist's drop cloth was nothing if not a conversation starter, as was a floor-length chiffon gown split down the middle, with a vibrant tropical floral pattern on one side and its black-and-white counterpart on the other.
But a good portion of Bradley's looks won't make any party circuit, Upper East Side or otherwise. Take, for instance, pajama pants printed with lords and ladies in evening dress or an unwise (for anywhere but the boudoir) lace slip and skimpy robe. The designer isn't known for his restraintand he certainly didn't show any with the speed at which he sent the models down the runwaybut the show's loveliest look was its simplest. When Lisa Cant appeared in a strapless taupe gown, you could almost hear the audience sigh with relief.