Chelsea Hansford and Daniel Corrigan like to look to natural environments for inspiration, which suits their brand of organic, elevated ease. They work around colors, and were taken this season by a foggy winter’s day by the lake — think soft grays, moody whites, smoke blues, pops of brick tones and the brand’s signature mustard — to set a tone of relaxed escapism and a play on the masculine-feminine ambiguity for which they’ve become known.
They staged an atmospheric Simon Miller presentation at Manhattan’s Dutch Flower Line, a floral wholesaler, that reflected the rawness of flowers against the collection’s wintry palette; a smoke machine helped enhance the mood. The setting made for an alluring view of the brand’s latest lineup of upscale essentials, including minimal silhouettes with clean lines, and an evolving fabric library that had a slight feminine flair.
The sheeny satin-silk of a jacket or slinky slipdress were the most captivating; clingy ribbed knit dresses were also great. The designers injected some playfulness with an illustration of a vintage dog stamp that, from afar, looked like abstract scribble. A sharply tailored blazer in houndstooth provided a balance of masculine-feminine design. It all culminated in a supple leather trench, great in any setting, that could pair well with the denim and trousers in the brand’s new boot-cut fit or the new supersized Bonsai tote.