Chris Peters and Shane Gabier did not title their fall Creatures of the Wind collection “Candy” because it was sweet or precious or included dresses that brought to mind the woefully overused fashion term “confection.” Rather, they intellectualized. “You know how candy doesn’t look like a real thing?” said Peters during a preview. “It looks like plastic but there’s an appeal of this nonreal thing to it.” That thought translated to things meant to be worn, not eaten, through fairly simple silhouettes applied with interesting colors, such as orange and heathered pink, and shiny treatments, whether Swarovski embroideries or slick surfaces, like vinyl and polyester, that were often shown in fabric blocking.

This proved a perfect marriage of Creatures of the Wind’s past — gleeful eccentricity — and the Darwinian path the designers find themselves on now: Evolve toward the commercial or face extinction. Gabier and Peters are aware of this crossroad. “We both feel like this collection is very much us but you can see a buy in a more clear way,” said Gabier.

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