I don't want to rain on Sophia Theallet's parade.
The CFDA-winner might be the brightest star in women's fashion. Her clothes are exquisitely-made and possess an effervescence that is rarely seen on the runway today. I mean that Theallet's clothes shine: Not just in the literally sense with sparkle and satin, but with character. On Tuesday's runway I loved the periwinkle blue gown, a-line skirts with a gathered seam falling right below the rear, as well as simple floral day dresses that could live in a closet forever.
However, one of the great things about Theallet is that she doesn't follow trends. And this season, I saw more of an American design influence on her clothes than ever before. Not only did she use velvet--the fabric du jour--but she also tried her hand at shearling and even presented a few out-of-place grey pieces.
Theallet deserves the praise she's getting. But I hope, like her mentor Azzedine Alaia, she's able influence a community without being influenced in return.