The bow tie is what put Alexis Mabille on the map, so peppering his collections with the motif as a kitschy, signature send up is understandable. But his relentless use of it as the lone “creative” device this season suggested that he’s running low on ideas. There were bow tie prints on silk blouses and skirts; bow tie cardigans; bow ties embroidered on sheer tulle tunics that were belted over miniskirts. Bow ties tied around the cutout necklines of sweaters. Bow tie cuffs. Bow tie door-knocker earrings. And on and on. But strip away the gimmick and all that remained were simple but snoozy bourgeois clothes.

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