September 16, 2009 New York
The spectacle inevitably distracted from the clothes, which were made using the curvilinear construction that has been the group's signature since the beginning, and which were somewhat underwhelming compared wth Threeasfour's usual arty fare. The show opened with a simple tank bodysuit, followed by a unitard in black with arabesque insets of mesh. As it progressed, the cuts and construction became more elaborate, culminating in cocktail dresses in chiffon embellished with three-dimensional curlicues of horsehair, just before the Ono dot-drawing section arrived. Other than a cool wrapped and belted jacket with sleeves that unsnapped all the way up to the shoulders, the prints were the most wearable and want-able part of the collection, especially the drapey kimono in silk de chine. It's good news the kimono and dresses will be part of the label's just-launched lower-priced contemporary line.