“If you want to be in business, you have to do it,” said Victor Alfaro of his first foray into pre-fall. As he expands the collection and its wholesale distribution, he decided to experiment with a short film to capture the mood of the season: A ruggedly beautiful man intrigued by an unusual blonde beauty he sees on the street. Turns out there’s not one but two of her. Shot against the New York City skyline on the roof of Alfaro’s building, his studio or where he lives? the set conveyed the lineup’s graceful urban attitude, while the twin models referenced — albeit tenuously — the multilayered system of dressing Alfaro envisioned.
Savvily merchandised, the range of lean knits, trenches and sparely tailored double-faced cashmere-wool outwear were designed as separates that could easily build upon each other — or stand alone. The double-faced group included vests and jackets, longer and cropped, that were all light enough to be layered. Likewise the slinky ribbed knits that included lean skirts, roomy sweaters and stretchy viscose base layers. The collection’s strength was novel practicality, best exemplified by a loose, men’s-inspired cotton shirt with delicate lace trimming the sleeves and a dense, cotton trench that featured a cropped top layer that could be worn alone as a short jacket.