Audra Noyes had a most fortuitous route to New York, where she presented her collection for the first time. Having interned with Alber Elbaz at Lanvin and at John Galliano in Paris (Galliano was dismissed, she noted, her first day at the house), she has honed her own aesthetic for her Audra collection, making her main mantra to let the refinement of pattern-making and her fabrics tell the story of her softly sophisticated lineup. “I have a passion for craft and detail,” said Noyes, who gives “the same importance to the inside of a dress as I give to the beauty of what’s visible.”
And what’s visible is the way in which she shapes precious fabrics with the ease and details of workwear.
Accordingly, Noyes took an Army green plaid viscose and cut it as an easy midcalf dress that was ruched with drawstring sides, and showed it under a houndstooth coat. She likes her dresses midcalf, fitted at the waist and flared at the hem. Many of these — some in men’s wear fabrics, others in embroidered gazars, crushed velvet or metallic chiffons — were shown over tailored, cropped pants. The same pants surfaced in a men’s suiting with a matching glen plaid, voile top. Noyes got elegantly playful for evening with a black silk dress, embroidered with a gold floral patchwork front and a gold brushstroked back. The designer noted the most important lesson she learned as an assistant to Elbaz: “Always listen to, and keep, your own voice.”