Into the woods went Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, who worked a woman-meets-nature theme by both arming her for the wild and outfitting her in prints that evoked the wild beasts there. This armor had a lighter touch, and a slyness, at that — there were layered skirts that resembled a casually tied Windbreaker, the zippers and sleeves falling gently in on each other. Cribbing a few design tweaks from the locker room, à la drawstring pants and the button-downs and skirts done in nylon and mesh, the pair played up athleticism, and the inventiveness was refreshing. An Eighties “Mad Max” vibe crept into the mix via hues of yellow, black and ballpoint blue, which seeped together to form a moody tie-dyed effect. Worked in between: leather pieces — like a drop-waist dress with bodice ruffles — that looked surprisingly weightless, and an appealing men’s wear current in some of the more streamlined silhouettes, as with a terrific narrow, low-riding blue trouser and a simple white T-shirt.
McCollough and Hernandez also whipped up crisp sheaths and rippling trapeze dresses emblazoned with animal prints — the stripes and spots of big cats against that rich blue color, softened by short petticoats of fringe and a sprinkling of sequins. If the looks got repetitive, the effect was precisely what the men do best: innovative, often daring clothes with plenty of polish.