September 10, 2010 New York
"I was terrified!" Beatty admitted with a laugh a few days before the presentation. Osterweis concurred: "As we grow, the expectations are always higher." But fear not, Bilson and co. Spring had the same charmingly off-kilter quality the label has quickly become known for—but it was by no means a rehashing of last season's hits. Instead, the designers focused on lightening up, aiming for a soft, breezy quality that would breathe some versatility into their prints. (Prints, mind you, weren't all they did. A white, laser-cut leather tank dress was a standout, and a swingy, mid-calf textured cotton skirt with a wide swooping ruffle across the front, again in white, had a perfect summery insouciance.)
Some of the best print-on-print mixing happened in the swimwear, a Suno first. A teeny-weeny yellow polka-dot bikini top came with purple ruffle trim and a ruched bottom that didn't match. Slip it on under the roomy drawstring onesie in a floral ikat, add a cheeky Albertus Swanepoel topper, and just try not to smile.