September 09, 2010 New York
As it turned out, the duo's resolution of this fashion conundrum made for one of their best collections to date. This was by no means a departure from, but rather a quieting and refinement of what they do best. The excitement came from an array of neutral-hued dresses with a sense of anonymity, a blank-slate quality that still managed to be both interesting and quite chic. Excess and trickery were stripped away, and the focus put on details: the gentle drapes on the hips of a skirt, or a sleeve length you don't often see. There was modernity in the subtle marrying of casual and elegant, like a drop-waisted jersey dress falling off the shoulder just so. A sculpted charcoal top and slim midi skirt had a polished appearance, but could have been made out of sweatshirting; another sculpted top, with shoulders pinched up into points like little cat ears, was a small misstep. The final grouping of looks in a smudgy, painterly print looked like they were trying too hard, too—so strong was the designers' case for plain and pretty.