Protagonist design director Georgia Lazzaro let loose, relatively speaking, for spring, brightening up the measured, minimalist collection with intense color — kelly green, cobalt blue, red and some pastels (there was still a ton of black and white for the purists) — and, for the first time, embroidery. No silver sequins here. “It had to feel subtle and considered,” said Lazzaro, speaking specifically about the embroideries but also summing up the collection’s ethos. She used black lacquered paillettes with pink and blue edges on a black slipdress. Color can be intimidating, but Lazzaro made it approachable on clean pieces, such as a coated red trench and a green micro-pleated shell and wrap skirt. The vibrant hues infused the lineup with energy and livened up Protagonist’s go-to black-and-whites.

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