September 14, 2006 New York
For eveningwear, she went beyond her signature draped jerseys, adding a print for the first time and cutting it for a cocktail dress and a gown. Stark and graphic, it had a winning simplicity. (By contrast, a chiffon dress with ruffled shoulders and a harness of satin paillettes looked quite wrong here.) Toward the end of the collection, Chung even relaxed enough to show off a hidden wit. Among the 28 looks, which came out too slowly for her end-of-fashion-week audience, was a black cotton halter with a white bib and an artfully askew bow, which she paired with gabardine pants that had a beaded white waistband. The effect? Instant black tie.