“The South of France meets the South Pacific,” was Winnie Beattie’s description of her and Tracy Feith’s first pre-collection for their nascent label Warm. It was based on a beach-girl-grows-up philosophy — though no matter how adult one gets, the beach demands a certain laid-back ethos. Beattie said they want to steer away from a “bohemian” image, but still it was built into the loose shapes of schmatta dresses fancied up in Hawaiian printed silk; shirts with woven baja necklines and Swiss dot shirts and dresses trimmed with striped sweatshirt cuffs.
Warm’s version of bohemian is nothing to be ashamed of. Besides, Beattie and Feith expanded on it with a tiered black-and-white tie-neck dress in ruffled silk jacquard stripes and a cotton twill “tuxedo” with a great wrap jacket and matching patch pocket pants.