September 12, 2009 New York
Netting was integrated into the collection with lots of airy (and body-exposing) pieces. These worked best when worn under tailored separates, like some great suspendered pants. But the faithful really came to see the seasoned players—i.e., a good jacket and a good pant—and they weren't disappointed. The jackets came with nationalistic shield patches, and pants were often of the harem variety. The combination of structure and flow, as in look five, a blazer over a long dress, or the juxtaposition of draped jersey tunics and stiffer cotton pants, was particularly effective. The tiered jumpsuits that looked like dresses were also winners.