By  on January 25, 2008

Couture's big guns aren't the only game in town — four smaller houses also presented collections with moods that ranged from quirky theatricality to high drama.

Avalon Vega: Daniel Fumaz and Samuel François' second Avalon Vega couture show channeled Grecian, Indian and African influences. The wide-ranging collection — from a gauzy pearl dress cinched at the waist and draped with floating fabric to a sari-like apron skirt and tie-dye tunics — was a pretty, wearable mélange of far-flung inspirations. But if this design duo is serious about building a couture following, it better give its collection a much-needed upgrade of fabrics.

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