For the first collection for the 2020s, Linder designer Kirk Millar offered up a stripped-down and minimalistic lineup with a big dose of Ivy League preppy.
“I wanted to do a very small presentation this season,” he said. “This is a new decade, I’m down with overstyling. This is very cool and simple.”
An intentionally ill-fitting white boxy polo with “Trophy Husband” as a slogan — a message he also emblazoned on colorful speedo bikinis — set the tone for the subversive preppy mood. The same concept was applied to reinvented classics such as a stripped-down cricket sweater and hoodie, and vintage-inspired sport stripes on blazers and hoodies.
Much of the collection centered around an equestrian theme that appeared as prints in spandex tops and feminine scarves tied around the neck and head in some of the looks. Millar also teamed up with Breton to reinvent the brand’s classic striped shirt, which he reinterpreted as a sleeveless tank accented with horse-show ribbons. The horse reference was intended to evoke the symbol of a free spirit and the leisure sport of choice for much of the upper class.
While the concept of upper-class dressing might not feel so inclusive, Millar’s execution and point of view make the collection feel more democratic. Ditto for the price points that he brought down this season with the Trophy Husband polo retailing for around $150 and the carves around $125. “I wanted to have the price points line with my audience,” he said.