Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock’s super chic spring effort took its cues from 18th-century Gustavian architecture in Sweden. “It was humble and it takes restraint to do something that simple,” Vassar said of the pared-back style, marked by its streamlined reinterpretation of French Neoclassicism. “It’s about pulling yourself back.”


The lineup merged crisp, easy pieces such as striped cotton shirting and a series of gingham linen-blend dresses with classically romantic lace and floral-printed looks. Sometimes the juxtaposition was evident in a single item of clothing, as in an intricate hand-embroidery done on a simple cotton drawstring shirtdress. Another example of casual femininity was a gold lace dress with a pale, pink cotton underlay styled with flat leather slides, the husband-and-wife duo’s first venture into footwear.


The inclusion of skins, from burnt-orange suede outerwear to a white python-leather skirt, gave the collection a luxe appeal. The duo’s elegantly understated point of view will continue to get the brand noticed, no matter how much restraint is exercised.

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