For the past few seasons, Phoebe English has been looking to men at work — not hardhat types or road repairers with jackhammers but softer-edged, quieter types.
During her fall presentation earlier this year, her men folded sheets, hung clothes on the line and swept the floor — while looking incredibly polished. This season, models stood at tall tables and shaped mounds of clay, their work displayed on the trestle shelves nearby.
They were dressed in workwear-inspired silhouettes done in various types of cotton and in fabrics such as denim, fine poplin and canvas linen.
Standouts from this charming, androgynous collection included a cropped and boxy cream jacket; a collarless cornflower blue trench, and shorts and hooded jackets done in bright blue and white ticking. Trousers were loose and breezy, with some cropped around the ankle and others pooling over the feet.
English said she was going for a softer feel this season and wanted to put her men in a “gentle, healing space” as they happily shaped their hearts, animals and pinch pots oblivious to those around them.
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See 2018 Resort Collections:
Giorgio Armani Resort 2018: Contrasting forces emerged in Giorgio Armani’s resort collection, which spanned from eclectic, multicolor designs to essential, sophisticated attires.
Norma Kamali Resort 2018: Norma Kamali offered an extensive resort collection where she updated her signature pieces and expanded on her outerwear and swim.
Rachel Zoe Resort 2018: Rachel Zoe’s resort collection was guided by a cool, Sixties undertone with a modern, sculptural interpretation.
Lela Rose Resort 2018: The designer showed a charming resort collection of garden party-ready wares, which included pearls inset in sleeves and lace-up grosgrain details.
Altuzarra Resort 2018: Joseph Altuzarra referenced Patrick Bateman and the French countryside for a resort collection full of newness and some risks.