Titled “Wanderlust,” the Lafayette 148 summer collection was about escapism and longing to feel relaxed and zen. Creative director Emily Smith sought to inspire thoughts of vacation (which will hopefully be a reality again by the time the collection is available in May and June) through rich, monochromatic dressing; sun-drenched colors; light, airy fabrications, and relaxed silhouettes, ticking the boxes for a posh and packable wardrobe.
There was a focus on knit dressing (a cotton crepe dress and cardigan look, open-knit beach sweaters in Tuscan orange and marigold), and relaxed shapes (boyish jackets in a cotton poplin usually reserved for blouses, an origami-like jacket without shoulder seams, and summer dresses very fluid off the body). Look book imagery for the season communicated the luxury of the fabrics, at least giving the impression that an orange alpaca and silk sweater and pleated chiffon dress had a super soft hand touch.
She worked embroidery at the hems of a trenchcoat and trousers with hand cutouts, and stuck with simplicity in shapes to emphasize the treatment and colors. And, like many others during quarantine, dug into the brand’s archive of fabrics to bring new life to a beautiful, striped linen with ladder stitching for a dress, among other fabrics and items. Only one print existed in the collection, a nondescript artwork created with each design team member’s visual of vacation in mind, stamped on dresses with the type of ease people have grown accustomed to these past long months.
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