The Designer: Giulietta
The Venue: The Siegel/Swansea loft in the Flatiron District, where models walked at a leisurely pace between two white-washed rooms then stood in groups of three before the audience, who sat at café tables and on a low white sofa.
The Crowd: Fashion's faithful (editors from WWD, T, Vogue Italia, W and Style.com), who came out to see the debut of Giulietta, which was launched by Italian-born, New York-based Gucci/Donna Karan/Calvin Klein alum, Sofia Sizzi and her creative partner, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz.
The Collection: The Florentine native looked to her heritage—and the classic Italian films, Juliet of the Spirits and The Girl with a Pistol—when designing her first solo outing, which featured models grouped by theme (Nostalgia, Premonition, Destiny, Adaptation, Revisionary). This influence could be felt in the exquisite tailoring and the ceremonial, almost monastic silhouettes, which could easily be imagined on an Italian widow, circa 1968, or a soon-to-be corrupted Catholic schoolgirl circa now. Note the "sacred rosary" worn with a black georgette minidress. Our heroine's prayers were answered—or were they denied?—as by shows' end, she was floating by in a cardinal red chiffon gown that was anything but innocent. Clearly, somebody's going to have to say a few extra Hail Mary's come Sunday. Sizzi, on the other hand, earned herself a huge amen with this collection, which was a terrific lesson in restraint.
The Standout Piece(s): A black lace skirt worn with a silk crepe blouse whose bell sleeves clung tight at the wrist, a black knee-length blazer that felt extremely au courant, and a white-collared black sateen dress that was completely decorous yet hugged the wearer's curves in all the right places.