September 05, 2008
The intricate hand-stitching inside an antique Victorian vest is what prompted Laura Poretzky to turn things inside out for Spring. Sometimes, though, the resulting underwear-as-outerwear was a bit too obvious: A blue-and-white striped dress, for example, was interrupted in the middle by a white mesh panel with corset detailing that caused an awkward bunching of fabric at the waist and gave the garment a rather unfinished quality. More on the mark were the flirty, full-skirted dresses in chambray and cotton shirting, and the subtler knit numbers outlined with seams and worn over sleek tanks at the beginning of the show. Poretzky was at her best when she kept things simple.