September 08, 2012 New York
For evidence of that, look no further than the show's simplest pieces, the relaxed silk dresses in color-blocked silk. On their own, they hardly screamed avant-garde—they just looked like the kind of easy, pretty pieces women like to throw on in the summer. But as the show went on, the Threeasfour designers built on the principles those dresses established: There was a clear progression to the elaborate statement pieces, such as an asymmetrical coat patchworked with irregular color forms, or a minidress appliquéd with similar shapes off of which a swath of burgundy mesh was draped in a great whorl. The intellectual rigor in the collection was palpable.
But back to shopping. How about that fantastic swimsuit?! And that killer burgundy tracksuit—the one with the racerback hoodie and the pants made out of paneled mesh? On the "want" list, for sure. And on the "need" list, you can add that tan jumpsuit with the slit legs and giant circular zip. Accessible? Sure. But kudos to the designers for managing the neat trick of appealing to the masses (or, more realistically, a wider range of sophisticated shoppers) without dumbing down their brand or sacrificing its aesthetic signatures.