September 10, 2006 New York
The 12 pieces she presented at Scandinavia House today showed no signs of jet lag. More romantic than usual, the new collection diverged from her preferred black to incorporate pastels. Lean sweater dresses with unexpected sack backs had belts threaded through them "to create a small waist"; elsewhere she used knot details to add a little volume. Fabrics ranged from coated cotton to treated leather to lace. Several of the outfits were layered over latex tanks, inspired by David Lynch's characters Laura Palmer and Donna Hayward. It was a very Stærk touch. "Even though I did latex in innocent and bright colors, there's something naughty about it," she said. With this collection, she succeeded in updating her body-conscious aesthetic and bringing it to a wider audience.