September 04, 2007 New York
She merged the two elements into a fresh, uncluttered collection that could coherently take a girl from tropical boardwalk to city sidewalk. (And in the case of a couple of Deauville looks, onward to the Norman Riviera.) Color-block dresses in the sun-drenched hues of South Beach came in a candy-box assortment: There were flowing bohemian maxis, smartly tailored shifts, a sexy draped strapless number, and a fifties party frock.
High-waisted pinup bikinis didn't appear entirely seaworthy, but they were clean-lined enough not to fall into the dusty vintage trap. Other ideasboth good (a palm-print shirtdress) and bad (a perforated-leather sheath)were scattered here and there, breaking up the slight monotony that was the only real fault of a collection with great commercial potential.