September 07, 2012 New York
Beatty and Osterweis remain as print-happy as they were several years ago when they launched the brand with Kenyan textiles. Today they're diversifying, sending out a geo-floral skirt with a soft gray leather zip-front jacket, and pairing a faded jean jacket and matching flounced-hem skirt with a striped button-down. Experiments in silhouette were also front and center. A tracksuit in a blue and red etched floral had the blouson proportions of Issey Miyake; long, nearly knee-grazing tunics worn over full-leg pants were also striking.
Still, it's the prints that remain the selling point here. Proof that designers can have a sense of humor came in the form of a shirtdress featuring an oversize motif of ancient cell phones. The bright teal and red floral jacquard of a blazer and an A-line skirt aimed not at the funny bone but rather at the heart, or wherever desire resides. Some of the layering felt heavy-handed, and we're not entirely convinced that the more mismatched of the looks would play outside of fashion circles. What did work unequivocally was Suno's first foray into full-on evening: a pretty spaghetti-strap floor-length dress in buttercup yellow dotted with violets.