The T-shirt, the cornerstone of casualwear, inspired Narciso Rodriguez’s pre-fall collection. Drawn to the “ease, purity and structure” of a classic T-shirt, Rodriguez evolved it into looks shown with slim cropped pants and dresses. They were all done with clean lines, controlled volume achieved by sleek bias cuts and mitering, and the finest fabrics: jacquard, silk twill, crepe and a heathered wool tweed for a subtle graphic that progressed into something bolder and more colorful.

The beautiful shades of pink, purple, navy and orange were derived from a Sean Scully exhibition at the Cheim & Read Gallery. Rodriguez used them in neat, linear paneling down the front of a crisp shell and a short-sleeve shirt, as well as the interiors of jackets, finished to perfection. “People always forget to design the back and the inside,” said Rodriguez.

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