September 07, 2007 New York
The designers said they were working with twin inspirations: Madame de Pompadour and seventies punk. The former, unsurprisingly, was the more obvious, bursting forth in wallpaper florals and outsize, at times over-the-top, ruffles. You had to look more closely for the hard edges, but they were therein the form of a jeweled gold belt punctuating an organdy blouse and silk skirt, or a row of buttons that created an interesting rippled effect on the sleeves of a short, nipped-waist, white cotton dress.
Those sound like minor details, but for Wolk and Morais they could be the beginnings of an intriguing new directionone that might help them cultivate a fan base in the downtown scene.