September 15, 2010 New York
Chain-link linen lace could have been mistaken for twisted copper, but it crinkled in your hand. A long skirt in the stuff was layered over a sleek bodysuit for a refreshing take on the sheer trend, and a finer version in black net was pieced alongside fluid satin in body-clinging, paneled dresses. A few dresses and skirts doubled back on themselves at the hem—one long rectangle of fabric tunneling back up to the shoulder. It could have been gimmicky, but it was subtly done. Another possible sticking point were the "trapped" dresses, as Laing named them in the liner notes. Shimmering, one-sleeved goddess dresses were contained below the waist by separate, small leather minis—really too small to be skirts in their own right. The curvier among us might not want to chance it, but it worked on the runway: underwear-as-outerwear meets the layering trend. A viscose jersey dress in black with one long, draped arm and a slit up the side didn't have a single extra, but it swooped and clung in all the right places.