It’s the era of streetwear. But what to do if you like some of the ideas but don’t want to look like you know (or care) about the difference between a Yeezy Boost 350 and a 350 V2? With their year-old collection, Nicole and Michael Colovos have been serving up a fantastic version of luxury minimalist street that grown-up women can wear, looking unselfconsciously cool and sophisticated. Fall was a steady evolution of some of the ideas they’ve been plying — new takes on denim; chiced-up sweatshirts; great outerwear.
“We didn’t do a lot of black this season,” said Michael. “We wanted to make it a little bit bolder,” added Nicole. “There’s a lot of color for us.” The palette was neutral, focused on navy, gray, indigo denim and camel laced with subtle bright contrasts. A tailored navy double-faced wool jacket had long folded-up cuffs that reversed to aqua blue. A fluid jersey dress was done in red on the front and pink in back. They also elevated sweatshirt dressing, showing long-sleeve gray fleece minidresses that weren’t oversized hoodies but fitted versions of a shift. Denim came with raw top-stitched details in clean cropped styles, a patchwork version with vented kick-flare legs and an elegant skirt done in a wool made to look like denim.
The designers have taken a cautious approach to their first few seasons, working with specialty stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Forty Five Ten and Space at Nordstrom. For fall, they’ll take the collection to Paris for the first time to open the lineup to international distribution.