At Creatures of Comfort, designer Jade Lai had some news: Her fall collection, which explored 17th-century Dutch Romanticism, marked an expansion of the brand’s outerwear and accessories. The company recently moved the production of its bags, shoes and leather goods to Italy, and it showed in the handcrafted leather and suede oxfords, pointed boots and heels decorated with grosgrain bows.


As for the clothes, Lai played with themes of excess and romance — cashmere and chenille knits came in loose proportions with exaggerated long sleeves and pom poms, a nod to traditional pantomime costumes. Ruffled skirts, heart prints and pink velvet suiting added to the feeling of whimsy, but Lai tempered it with a utilitarian flair via casual denim separates, plaid wool coats and nylon parkas.

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