NEW YORK -- Color, craftsmanship, comfort and joy were some of the words that Joseph
The look: Bold and sophisticated but relaxed. Classic sportswear in the tradition of old masters Calvin Klein and Bill Blass in neutral tones enhanced with vivid brights.
Key pieces: Double face cashmere wrap coat in navy and cobalt blue; hand-woven pink tapestry-like knit dress with the craftsy look of a fiber art wall hanging; forest green belted blazer and pencil skirt with splices of magenta color; body skimming white silk crepe dress sliced and slit to reveal the body; boxy shearling jackets that brought to mind an haute Patagonia fleece; Technicolor plaid intarsia fur coat.
The verdict: Not the same tour de force as his last collection in terms of establishing a total look. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. There were so many great pieces here (those belted coats, the perfect sexy little black dress) that you could wear not just for one season, but for a lifetime. Call them the new classics.