Laura Vassar and Kris Brock channeled a feeling “desert calm” in their latest lineup, a quietly elegant collection that built upon their luxuriously unfussy ethos. Informed by the dryness, beauty and desolation of the deserts in California, where they reside, Vassar and Brock kept their palette muted and their fabrics natural: mostly linen, silk voile and lightweight taffeta.
Hand-pleated floral-printed dresses and tops, a few of them Grecian-inspired, conveyed the label’s soft romance. A floral-embroidered jacquard coat dress in purple and rust provided the mature elegance that’s expected from Brock, while the label’s pointy, low-heeled alligator slides and knee-high boots, an ongoing collaboration with George Esquivel, finished off the looks with sophistication.
A welcome dose of sizzle came through in a series of shoulder-baring dresses and tops with ruffled necklines, an evolution of last season’s Edwardian-inspired off-the-shoulder dresses. Their girl wants to show her body, explained Vassar, but rendering those looks in linen felt unexpected, and most importantly, easy — Brock’s take on sensuality. “We love it on the leg,” said Vassar, motioning to a cascading ruffle on a white linen skirt with a generous slit. “It’s a new direction and attitude for us.”