Don O’Neill homed in on the daffodil. Working with black, white and yellow — a palette inspired by “Zinc Yellow,” a painting by the American abstract Expressionist Franz Kline — he sowed the spring flower throughout his Theia collection of cocktail and evening dresses with hand-painted floral-embroidered lace and appliqués. It also showed up in prints — as in off-the-shoulder gown with a floral-printed silk twill skirt — and in a black floral laminate appliqué that added a touch of sportiness to a few of the sexy, modern styles.


Most of O’Neill’s silhouettes were cut to showcase the female figure — “I want to embrace women and their shapes and curves,” he noted, reflecting the way “girls are embracing their bodies.” But his lineup also offered a few softer shapes, such as a turquoise caftan gown and a magenta calf-length dress with beaded silk chiffon handkerchief sleeves.

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