Katie Eary looked to the Fifties and the thinly veiled hyper-sexuality of Elvis Presley, who cloaked his subversive hip thrusting behind a lot of Southern charm for her spring show. That meant a “Blue Hawaii” palette of violet, fuchsia, orange, turquoise, mint green, pastel pink, and lots of short sleeve bowling shirts worn over T-shirts or preppy polo shirts.
These were covered in this season’s borderline kitsch motif — a My Little Pony, which had been endowed with a disproportionately large phallus. Poor little guy. He appeared all over the mischievous collection in every conceivable scale — from micro repeat, to placement on a basic white T-shirt, and macro to the point of abstraction. Ombré was a big story, with narrow jeans and torso-skimming tops fading from indigo to turquoise, or bleached pink to violet. Eary also played with trompe l’oeil effect in fine-gauge knitwear printed to look like chunky sweaters.