September 26, 2011 Paris
A cropped jacket cut from crinkly white patent for the body with black suede arms was the standout example of the duo's new streamlined aesthetic. There was also something compelling about a slightly oversize A-line T-shirt assembled from sheer white sleeves, a bird-print body, and a coppery band at the hem. The feathery motif was sweet, but it had shed some of the cuteness previously associated with the label. Geometry informed other prints, like an ombré blue-on-white square pattern on a streamlined shift, as well as the minimal, sometimes architectural lines of the clothes. Hori and Furudate did evening, maybe for the first time ever. The strapless black silk dress stopped well short of the knee, but the chiffon panels at the sides gave it a sense of drama. The designers are growing up, and their collection along with it.