September 11, 2013 New York
A black, almost empire-waist wiggle skirt with chevron-patterned netting up the seams showed just a flash of skin paired with the season's requisite bra top. "I'm very strategic about how much torso to show and what part to show," Smith said. And she's right—there is a certain sliver that most women are fortunate enough to be able to pull off.
Textiles are always a big part of Smith's repertoire; she does the fabric research and designs the prints herself. This season, those designs were inspired by a trip to Japan and Hawaii, and they were fun in a kawaii sort of way. The most successful was a multicolor parrot print, done on a bra top and high-waisted micro shorts layered under a honeycomb-knit camp shirt and matching bubble skirt. There were couture-inspired elements, too, including a white jacket—again in the lattice knit—with a super-swingy back. By the way, that knit, which came in black and white on a million different separates—from molded sweatshirts to below-the-knee pencil skirts—was very, very see-through. Smith guaranteed that the pieces would be lined for the hordes of buyers that are sure to come a-calling, but on the runway, it looked hip as it was.