Tuleh’s collection wasn’t a perfect ten, but it was easily the most innovative sampling of fabrics, textures and color so far this week. The line started out simple, with wool and cable knit pieces in a delicate cream, but quickly turned to vibrant shades and organically inspired patterns. The liveliness of the collection added an edge of powerful femininity, which balanced some of the more masculine elements.
Accentuated collars on the line’s trenches made the looks really pop: On one beige coat, a gorgeous, bright orange fur collar had the crowd talking the second it hit the runway. And on another trench — this time in emerald green, purple and gold — a more natural-looking fur collar gives the coat recognizable style.
Bubble-gum pink boots, flaring A-line hems, a lime green pencil skirt, and fedoras in magenta and banana-yellow — the clothes emanated an excitement that few other lines have matched. And while the faux animal print accents didn’t quite make the cut, they also didn’t detract from the eclectic range.
The collection’s prize look was a full-length strapless gown in complimentary shades of blue. A variety of fabrics and textures — some sleek, others fairly structural — contrasted with a smooth, floor-length sweater-coat worn over. The craftsmanship was remarkably evident, and created a flawlessly elegant effect.