Simplicity is the rule at Lyn Devon
, so this season's focus on handicraft and embellishment marked new territory for the designer, albeit territory not too far from home. (If embellishment calls to mind feathers and paillettes, think again.) Devon's take on surface treatment was understated and organic, from tiny, hand-knotted faille buds to hand-punched holes on the seams of a red skirt. The designer's desire for the wearer to be able to "see the hand in the clothing," as she put it at her new Upper East Side showroom, was an extension of thinking about taking her girl south of the border. Her interpretation of a traditional Mexican Otomi print was the most literal reference point, while bands of fringe in a nude, knit tank dress gave it a Latin kick. Reserved and a little staid, these aren't clothes you'll wear flamenco dancing. Then again, thoughtfully designed staples don't need a special occasion.