NEW YORK, Feb 15, 2009 / FW/ — The beginning of Andy and Debb’s autumn/winter 2009 collection left us slumped in our chairs rather than at the edge of our seats and yawning instead of squealing in delight.
Yes, the clothes were impeccably made, and the shapes were on-trend with the 80’s-inspired shoulders and minimalistic overall design, but I felt as though I had stepped into a J. Crew, not the tents at Bryant Park.
There were some innovative design elements, such as pleating in unexpected places like the bottom of a sweater to create a billowy effect, but how innovative can you be with cardigans, cropped stovepipes, and pencil skirts?
Thankfully, the excitement picked up toward the end with exquisite green and peach pastel tops and dresses covered entirely with laser-cut organza butterfly-wing appliqués for a decadent ruffled look.
However, Andy and Debb need to step up their game and strive to make all of their collection as unique and beautiful as the last few pieces in this collection in order to stand out at Fashion Week.
Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week