September 11, 2011 New York
The first look out was a body-hugging poppy-hued pencil skirt and matching cardigan, both knit with a herringbone motif that they developed themselves. It was a harbinger of the more feminine fare to come. However, true to their word, it wasn't a whiplash-inducing 180 from what they do well. The woman who's sworn by Ohne Titel's slouchy drawstring pants and lean knit-and-leather jackets will easily find her way to a color-blocked dress with dolman sleeves or a sexy-sporty striped and cropped sweater.
The designers also ventured further into wovens with silk dresses and a first stab at evening. The results indicated a work in progress. Dresses in a multicolored scarflike print that echoed the herringbone knit had some kick. And a red halter dress with hem slightly raised in front had an athletic grace, particularly worn as it was with flat sandals, part of the label's brand-new shoe collection. But while Adams and Gill's knits have something original to say, it's hard to distinguish what makes these other frocks or high-waist trousers truly theirs.
Nevertheless, this was a successful push into new territory. Those wide pre- and post-show smiles were warranted.