September 14, 2010 New York
At times, the overlarge pockets and utilitarian buckles and clasps were a distraction, but a sequined mini worn with a tucked-in white work shirt brought the concept back into focus. An amplified rose print (especially sweet on swimwear) helped lift the mood, as did a live performance of original songs by the soulful crooner John Forté. Cutouts on a white eyelet blouse echoed the rose leitmotif.
The show may not have been the week's very most compelling reason to rush out to shop, but—peppered with shades of plummy pink and tangerine—it was a good antidote to the recession blues.