Richard Tyler has really arrived at Anne Klein. In his second outing for the house, he showed a brilliant collection and clearly made the label his own.
While last season Tyler tried too hard to be on the edge, this time he struck exactly the right balance between hip and commercial good sense. Tyler cuts the best jackets in New York, and he does it with uncanny diversity — short, long, shaped, cardigan-style. But it was his exquisite fabrics and impeccable detailing that turned basic shapes into knockouts. These were part of a layered feast of short sweaters, crisp shirts, fringed knit dresses and miniskirts, as well as fabulous coats — short, spritely macs and a pair of officer’s coats that would rank high in any fashion corps.
Richard wasn’t perfect, however. There were fit problems with some of the dresses, and the clunky eveningwear had nothing to do with the rest of the clothes. But then, this collection isn’t about night anyway, and it should leave retailers humming, “Oh happy day.”