Nehera drew inspiration from “Sara Berman’s Closet,” a 2017 exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum that showcased the pristine wardrobe of an immigrant from Belarus via Tel Aviv. (The exhibit was staged by her artist daughter, Maira Kalman, and her grandson.) Berman chose to only wear white after leaving her husband with just a small suitcase of clothes.
The reference was a good fit for the minimalist Slovak label. Using different tonalities of the shade like separate colors, the brand’s design studio built a roomy and androgynous wardrobe. With nods to the 1930s in the layered silhouettes of poplin and linen, Nehera succeeded in highlighting that with attention to detail, spartanism can be anything but austere.
A long cotton shirtdress was intentionally left with its fold lines, as if just pulled from a drawer, while textured linen suits had a lived-in sense of comfort. Exclusive prints were developed to look like light reflected through glass, and among the very few non-white touches were designs — accessories and a culotte and jacket combo — crafted from a vegan leather made from cactus leaves left to dry in the sun.