September 14, 2009 New York
But Rodriguez also loosened up the silhouette dramatically, letting the air in, so to speak, on everything from a white silk, linen, and organza bubble dress to a silk mud-cloth coat. Both were stitched together in back like pieces of a geometric puzzle, creating a three-dimensionality that was equal parts arty and easy. The show ended with a trio of short-in-front, long-in-back tent dresses that took this concept to the extreme. Chic, modern propositions for a black-tie evening, they billowed dramatically behind the models in the runway breeze.
As for that burning question—what will Michelle Obama wear?—our bet is on a deceptively simple and, yes, sleeveless natural linen dress. Its subtle sophistication shows Rodriguez in peak form.