With five seasons under their belt, Mary Kahle and new codesigner Michelle Rushton created an appealing collection for men and women of all ages. The brand stands out because even though it takes a gender-fluid approach to dressing, unlike many other lines, it leans toward the feminine.
For fall, inspiration came from Egon Schiele’s sketches and John Chamberlain’s crushed car sculptures, playing off the energy and rawness of the art, so that the collection was “more open for emotion and less for sweetness,” Kahle said at a walk-through.
Quilting was introduced for fall via a plaid jacket and beautiful burnt-orange pant-and-jacket set. Topstitching was another smart design element that was peppered throughout the line, like a denim trench with metallic contrast-stitching and a pair of denim jeans with red topstitching and a handkerchief hem, which had a rawness that contrasted nicely with light and fluid dresses, tops and skirts.
The collection’s strongest element was its easy wearability and open-for-interpretation styling options. A striped dress, for example, could be tied into a skirt while a hybrid asymmetric top with lacing could be worn undone or wrapped around the body.
The brand collaborated with artist Maggie Tookmanian on two pairs of quilted “après-ski” platform boots solely for their look book. Though they won’t be produced, Kahle noted a possible footwear expansion for future collections.