Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Fueled (and funded) by CFDA award success, as well as a recent collaboration with J.Crew, the Creatures of the Wind team of Shane Gabier and Chris Peters presented their most polished and fully realized collection to date. To take on and bring newness to something as iconic as 60s couture takes some confidence, but the duo made it look easy and appealing. Workwear touches and plasticky surfaces brought a youthful edge to the era’s very ladylike full-skirted silhouettes, in a vein reminiscent of Christopher Kane; while wallpaper prints and off-kilter layering had a whiff of Consuelo Castiglioni. The eclectic influences, however, combined with a complex level of craft and a very sophisticated sensibility establish a unique identity for the up-and-coming brand that should shake up New York’s sportswear-centric heritage.—Nivara Xaykao
Silhouette: Boxy / Tent / Fitted-to-full / Stacked
Color: Eggshell / Indigo / Woodsy Green / Cotton candy pink / Lemon cream / Moss green / Sharp seafoam / Azure / Daffodil
Key Items: Full dirndl skirts / Swing coat / Jacket-shirt / Peplum top / Vest tank / Skirt-over-skirt / Collarless coat / Sack dress / Wraparound jacket
Materials: Sturdy cotton suitings / Vinyl / Leather / Double-faced cloqué / Chambray / Brocade / Raw silk
Print + Pattern: Reptile / Butterflies / David Hicks-like geos / Foil prints
Details + Trim: Club collars / Peplums / Oversized welt pockets / Back cutouts / Belt attachments / Embroidery / Sequins / Chunky rhinestones / Zippers
Accessories + Footwear: Two-toned oxfords / Mary Jane wedges / Hair nets
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