The works of two American artists formed the inspiration for Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding’s spring collection, which was an exploration of multifunctional layering and seasonless dressing.
They looked to the raw textures and stripe patterns in Matthew King’s 2015 “Utah” series to inform the bold stripes seen throughout the collection, and to the colors used by J.C. Leyendecker in his early 20th-century illustrations, which consisted of dusty red, chambray, sky blue, navy, olive, cinnamon and sand.
These guys are seriously good at rejigging the shirt — it’s their shtick. This time around: stripes, like an oversize striped boyfriend shirt that was teamed with a matching wrap skirt; a shirtdress that swung out to a full skirt; a gorgeous maxishirt dress in a fine khaki stripe, and a caramel long-sleeve shirtdress with an asymmetric softly frilled ham that was layered over narrow cigarette pants. Long, loose silhouettes dominated, with asymmetric sleeves or oversize cuffs keeping things fresh.
Appearing throughout in different guises was a drapey knitted shawl-cum-scarf-cum-poncho that was brilliantly styled as a skirt (wrapped around the waist), as a dress (belted) and as a cape (knotted at the neck). In sheer cream or bold red stripes, it underscored the versatility of the collection.