A Detacher Spring 2011: Beautiful “Neuroses”

A Détacher's spring collection was unveiled during a hypnotic early-evening runway show, presenting Mona Kowalska's spring collection of organic prints and quietly innovative silhouettes inspired by "neuroses in Vienna."

Rooted in Kowalska's deeply thoughtful approach to her designs, the spring collection may have been conceived from the abstract, but that doesn't mean the pieces aren't tangibly chic. Kelly green handbags and thick-soled platforms made for simple-but-bold complementary accessories.The line's indie popularity was evidenced by the talent turn-out: Maggie Gyllenhaal was on hand to view the goods, as was designers Rachel Comey and Steven Alan.

A handful of rompers came off as loose, boxy dresses until we caught the shorts from the back. Longer-form jumpsuits lent an industrial vibe in shape, but softened by various hand-taped and floral prints.

Dresses with puff sleeves, lest one think such a thing be too twee, were updated by a bodice with narrow set shoulders and crushed puffs. If you're someone truly engrossed with what a simple line can do to a dress, Kowalska's fabric really intrigues, from a slightly rubbery stretch metallic to crocheted lace and a gauzy matte finish on something that looked like a linen-wool hybrid.

And then there were the label's famous prints. Splattered designs were hand-taped by Kowalska, geometric knits and a standout silver cut-out pattern on beige -- all inventively mixed.

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