September 08, 2012
"What is iconic?" This was the question on Sharon Wauchob's mind for Spring, so she looked to timeless fashion tropes for answers. She honed in on two opposing motifs, military toughness and femininity, the latter of which led to a dissection of lingerie. Wauchob combined the softer elements of underpinnings with rugged army staples for a cool, pretty mix of utilitarian daywear. For a touch of girly shine, muted paillettes dusted the pockets of nylon cargo shorts, slouchy and low-slung enough to draw the eye up, up, up to the jersey bralets they were worn with. But even the sight of so many lovely midriffs couldn't compete with the runway's real scene-stealers: structured, mixed-textile outerwear pieces that added a necessary dose of polish to many of the ensembles' competing layers. A sleeveless trench in bright peach looked lightweight but still substantial; better yet, it steered clear of the straps, buckles, zippers, and harnesses that vied for attention on a few too many blouses and shorts. When the balance of wispy layers and functional hardware was right, the looks had an appealingly unstudied ease.