Prints are Emma Cook’s calling card, and for the designer’s first pre-fall collection, she gave standard-issue stripes, paisleys and checks an inventive spin. “I wanted to keep things simple, and take really classic patterns and rework them,” said Cook. Thus, intricate paisley patterns were handwoven into jacquard shift dresses, pants and sweaters, while hand-painted stripes in orange, deep red and blue adorned silk dresses and pencil skirts.
Interesting textures also elevated the simple shapes. A pencil skirt and top were done in leatherette stripes stitched together in a patchwork of green, black and cream, while a royal blue and fluorescent orange floral pattern was knit into a 3-D texture on a ski-style twinset.