Josie Natori’s earlier, rather restrained efforts to forge a ready-to-wear collection evolved into a wide reach for fall as she moved into a bit edgier, less classic fare, while sacrificing none of the Natori signature refinement. The designer noted that colors, prints, flange and kimono details were loosely inspired by samurai armor. That spirit was reflected in the richness of a feather-cut leather vest and bat-wing shift dresses. Her best knits were in cashmere, shown in gently draped dresses and sleeveless tops, as well as kimono cardigans and a terrific funnel-neck butterfly top shown with a panne velvet side-ruched skirt. Chez Natori is no longer just about the boudoir.

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