October 09, 2012 New York
This season, Allegra's big innovation was print. A doodled line print was deployed to graphic effect, showing up on soft linen suiting, silk dresses and blouses, and even a bustier. Elsewhere, Allegra created a cool, irregular polka-dot print and another one based on her trademark shredded tee. She also continued to develop her tie-dyes, creating crisp patterns by using chiffon as a canvas. Likewise, Allegra worked to define her shapes, albeit tentatively; some of her sharper pieces included sexy mid-calf tank dresses with dropped waists, oversize jackets, and nightshirt-inspired cotton button-downs. Her shapes still need work—refining the silhouettes would instantly elevate the look of Allegra's collections. She's a clever enough designer to figure out how to accomplish a little refinement in an unfussy, idiomatically Californian way.