When Gabriela Hearst launched her collection of ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories for fall, her point of view was clear — well-made, long-lasting clothes that were beautiful with a utilitarian purpose — and her execution was impeccable. Barneys New York picked up this debut lineup and then she showed her first resort season and had her third baby within days of each other. This is a woman who knows what she wants and what other women like her want, too.
The designer’s spring 2016 collection was as full of tasteful luxury as her first and second outings. She introduced strong color and used pure materials such as cashmere, silk crepe de chine, canvas and cotton gauze. The core colors remained navy, olive and white, but she used orange with measure on a long, knit color-blocked tank dress and on embroidered fringe on a tailored coat.
As a contrast to the collection’s sporty side and sturdy outerwear, delicate dresses, including a white floral-printed silk chiffon style and a beachy cotton-gauze gown with a Lurex stripe, presented desire and naïveté.