It was the New York debut of Catalonian designer Toni Francesc for Spring 2010, and the newcomer more than held his own with beautifully and thoughtfully constructed pieces in his Spring 2010 collection. While the influence of the collection’s inspiration – water – was clearly evident in sheer, drapey silks, it was the juxtaposition with stiff cottons in sharply folded lines that really brought out the elegance of the clothes. Having seen a lot of “origami” inspired pleating and shapes on the Spring 2010 runways, Francesc wielded the device more artistically and gracefully than many.
One possible detriment to the beautiful designs was the overuse of volume at the hips – much maligned across the industry for years. While it can often make for a more interesting silhouette, this is called ready to wear, and very few women are ready to wear extra layers of bubbling volume at their hips.