In a way, Adam Selman’s resort lineup — his first for the pre-season — was his most experimental endeavor yet. His shows and collections have been defined by a scrappy, kitschy charm (fall was inspired by John Waters’ “Female Trouble”). On the private client side, he worked extensively with Rihanna before all the big brands got to her. But for resort, he purposely paired back, putting himself in a commercial state of mind. “I took some of the techniques I want to develop for spring,” he said, mentioning denim, jersey and spongy ribbed space-dyed knits. “I wanted to make things a little more grown up.”
The DIY street attitude and joie de indie designer that distinguishes Selman was still present, if noticeably downplayed, in a sweatshirt with cute embroidery inspired by his doodles, easy pieces accented with safety pins strung with pearls, and a pair of very cool oversize palazzo raver pants. Even as an experiment, it all had commercial appeal, too.