September 05, 2007 New York
Whether or not Laing's luminous conceits were tangibly interpreted, the clothes looked great. The designer worked those structured folds to clever effect, creating both slim and voluminous silhouettes out of the high-tech fabrics he loves. "Wedges" folded into the back seaming of a dress were wrapped around to the front, magically inverting to create a horizontal ruffle across the bodice. A deep, asymmetrical fold was slashed across the length of a belted sack dress, leaving one side tented and the other slim as a blade of grass. For a softer air, Laing cut the same shapes from washed silk, in light gray, butter yellow, and midnight blue.