September 10, 2012 New York
So, hallelujah for the Internet. Looked at again, online, this Libertine collection proved to have a lot of good in it. Those floaty bias-cut gowns, for instance, got a nice kick from designer Johnson Hartig's graphic screen-printing—an allover application of red mottling, or a placement print of the optical dots. A full paintball look was a bit clownish, but the design looked smart on a pair of trim white trousers paired with an embroidered jacket. And this season was a strong one for Hartig's menswear: The square-and-dot screen-print sharpened the look of cut-off khakis, and the anoraks with shout-y words on them packed an enjoyable punch. Hartig's wisest words were saved for the item destined to be this collection's bestseller: A T-shirt printed, straightforwardly, with the warning "Don't Mitt Where you Sleep."