Tims Take

These are the moments!

on Mar 5, 2008

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Rami almost completely transformed his collection since my visit to his studio in December. Gone were the hammered and nailed tailored pieces and in their place were softer and more refined silhouettes. In a manner similar to Christian, Rami played with volume counterpoint: voluminous draped tops over a fitted pant and skirt and a high-waisted jodhpur. But he's more about dresses, especially evening, than he is about separates. He presented innovative construction in these dresses, but some of his textile choices eluded me; they were visually heavy and literally heavy. I believed that he was forcing these incongruous materials on himself with his rationale being that the season is fall, but that's a wrong-minded rationale. Furthermore, I found his color story to be dour and a little lackluster. As much as I loved his 1930s vintage lace for one of the gowns, it looked rather stale and old. But I'm splitting hairs. Overall, Rami's collection was beautiful, with the crème de la crème being his finale look: a black gown with countless tiers of accordion-pleated layers -- staggering! Congratulations, Rami! We know that we'll see a lot more from you!