Chris Peters and Shane Gabier took romance to new heights for spring with a terrific lineup of separates and a smattering of dresses that showcased the designers’ growing confidence. “The whole collection was inspired by the idea of second sights and holy, mystic visions,” Peters said during a preview of the collection. “Our fabric choices came from examining psychedelic artists and experiences.”
While that could have made for a hallucinogenic concoction, in the hands of the Chicago-based duo, the results were not just ladylike, they were also filled with magical details that were charming as well as chic. The designers mixed and matched fabrics, reversing floral jacquards to give the look a rawer, more iridescent texture — such as a jacket that also featured black lace and silver moiré. Some of the silhouettes had a feminine, vintage feel, but the duo also offered a few more modern looks, including a white silk faille dress with a sequined shoulder treatment. Peters and Gabier toyed with the idea of revealing layers, cutting away a portion at the torso of a navy dress to deliberately expose the silk lining. “The mystic vision is about seeing what’s not seen, and seeing the inner workings,” Gabier said. The designers playfully topped the collection with vibrant jewel-encrusted sunglasses created with Erickson Beamon.