Mother of Pearl creative director Amy Powney looked to Nigel Shafran’s domestic images of his partner Ruth from his 1995 “Ruthbook” and Dame Maggie Smith’s schoolteacher in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” for pre-fall.
Floral wallpaper prints evoked Shafran’s interiors, and pinafores and pleating details made the schoolgirl connection while Nineties silhouettes came through in spaghetti-strap shifts and zip-front jackets. All of it was infused with the label’s signature sporty femininity with stripes and embellishments.
Highlights included a double-layered pinafore dress with contrasting florals and fluted-pleat cuffs, a spaghetti-strap shift with pleated hem and a floral pajama suit. A minimal zip-front leather jacket was given the Mother of Pearl treatment via an appliqué collar while a houndstooth wrap coat with knotted cuffs recalled a dressing gown worn in one of Shafran’s images. The capsule bag line that launched for resort has grown into a full collection of lovely structured leather totes with jaunty stripes plus new clutch, bucket and backpack shapes.