Lisa Kulson used the word optimism to describe her spring lineup at Theory, which featured clean, modernized takes on the brand’s basics and suiting. “I was feeling a sense of lightness —  not just in the clothing but in the attitude and feeling,” she said of the collection, which featured a mix of soft, pale neutrals and earthier burgundy, mustard and orange tones.


As a whole, the collection struck the right balance between relaxed and polished. At the sunset presentation on the rooftop of Theory’s headquarters in the Meatpacking District, models were talking and  lounging about nonchalantly as they thumbed through magazines to emphasize the idea of the clothes fitting seamlessly into a woman’s lifestyle.


Blouses in ruffled chiffon or cotton poplin with peplum details added a dose of femininity to the brand’s signature suiting, which was marked this season by softer tailoring and cropped trousers. There was a luxe feel to the Italian fabrics, particularly a lightweight suede tie-neck dress in brick red, styled here as a tunic over culottes. And Kulson continued to introduce more prints into the collection, including a playful and sophisticated take on polka dots in graphic black and white.