September 09, 2012 New York
There were, of course, a number of looks in this collection that boasted an appeal that was easy to comprehend. An ensemble comprising a ruffled blouse and wide-leg pants in matching white silk noile was simply chic. After the recent explosion of digital print, Olowu's batiks reminded you of the tactile appeal of analog prints. Fine, graphic knits and slouchy big skirts just looked cool. And the bias-cut dresses, an Olowu signature, had an easy, graceful fit. Olowu himself defined something of the magic of his clothes today when he said that he avoids, at all costs, girliness, and designs instead for "a woman who stands her ground." It may well be that the heart of Olowu's charm, both personally and as a designer, is that he believes women are as interesting as he is.