Kristopher Brock and Laura Vassar gave their occasion-driven, corseted romanticism a dose of down-to-earthiness for pre-fall. By placing the collection outdoors, in moody photographs taken in an abandoned barn in Malibu Canyon, the designers were able to bring a more accessible, untamed allure to their brand.

They used a lot of natural and organic fabrications, like crinkled linen and cotton voile, as well as more casual, versatile shapes, such as cotton bustiers; a ditzy floral denim; gently corseted peplum jacket; a saddle-brown faux leather full skirt, and cuffed wide-leg corduroy trousers (still with ultra-high price points though, it should be said).

“We focused more on everyday pieces we feel our customer wants to be wearing right now, and it’s allowed us to focus on what we think is important and not try to please everyone,” Brock said.

Elevated puff-sleeve house dresses; sweeping blue windowpane check and black-and-white paisley bandana print linen maxiskirts; country rattlesnake and wildflower-embellished cardigans, and leather riding boots added to the home-on-the-ranch chic.

A dramatic black-and-red rose-patterned jacquard volume coat, fastened with delicate black ribbons, would work with blue jeans or something dressier when the social calendar gets going again, and a bridal-looking tiered white linen off shoulder smocked bodice gown looked with optimism toward weddings to come, whenever that may be.

“We want to make pieces that will last,” said Vassar, adding, “It’s going to be interesting to see how people dress when this is all over. I don’t want to lose hope.”

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