A recent trip with family to New Mexico served as the jumping-off point for Ryan Roche’s first resort collection. “Everything is so minimal, you notice each form, it’s so poetic,” she said at a walk-through. “When you see in New Mexico one tree in the middle of nothing, you realize there’s so much romance.”

The color palette certainly referenced the natural landscape — the red of natural clay, deep green from the pine trees, and lavender gray of the night sky. Having grown up in the West, she was feeling a bit nostalgic as well, thinking about her grandma’s crochet that she modernized as patchwork knits all made by hand in Nepal.

The heart and soul of Roche’s collection lie within comfortable, effortless knitwear, where she challenges different yarns to also be luxurious. Cozy cashmere seemed appropriate for the holiday delivery to stores, and fuzzy, rug-like embellishments provided some textural play and visual interest. Minimalist silhouettes like ribbed knit dresses with the slightest of lace accents reflected romance with easy drapes and tonal head-to-toe colors. She introduced a new viscose knit with ribbed details that took on the idea of tailored knitwear, seen on lavender gray dresses with loose structure or capped sleeves. And there was versatility in her designs, like a red dress cut in superfine cashmere that could be worn off-shoulder, as a cowl neck, or with a twisted sleeve.

See More From the Resort 2018 Collections:

Victoria Victoria Beckham Resort 2018: A mild Seventies vibe came through in color, print and disco sequins.

Zimmermann Resort 2018: Latin references and a lovelorn artist-as-muse served as inspiration for Nicky Zimmermann’s resort collection.

Vionnet Resort 2018: A Japanese inspiration was blended with the house’s signature elegant style in this beautiful collection.

I’m Isola Marras Resort 2018: Efisio Marras infused an urban, playful and a tad rebellious vibe in his debut collection for the contemporary line.

Nili Lotan Resort 2018: Nili Lotan referenced luxe interiors for a resort collection concentrated on mix-and-match evening.

Ala von Auersperg Resort 2018: The line aims to offer breezy beach-to-dinner coordinated caftan and gown sets in original digital prints.