I had the pleasure of kicking off my New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 season with Creatures of Comfort, designed by Jade Lai (that’s her on the left, in the second picture at the bottom). Lai began Creatures of Comfort in 2005 as a Los Angeles boutique, which quickly became well known for its bright yet minimalist pieces. In 2010, Lai opened another branch in New York, and with it came an original clothing line designed by Lai herself.
Lai’s collection this season, entitled “A Wild Way Awhile,” is an ode to the intrepid female traveler: on Lai’s mood board backstage, she featured images of Meryl Streep as Karen Blixen in 1985’s Out of Africa (the film takes place in 20th century colonial Kenya, and is based on the 1937 book by Isak Dinesen, aka Karen Blixen), as well as a variety of fashionable women lounging luxuriously in summer attire in warm, earthy locales. The collection featured smooth silk linen, knits, twills and more in deconstructed, utilitarian shapes. I was especially fond of Lai’s jumpsuits, in slub cotton (especially in the powder blue) and silk linen (stunning in black). She also designed a sandal named after Blixen for the collection. The band IO Echo performed their calming electro-pop during the show.
Makeup, by Maki Ryoke with Too Faced Cosmetics and Arcona skincare for Beauty.com, was a soft-yet-sexy-yet-clean look, with a natural lip, warm pink rouged cheeks and darkened brows. Hair, by Esther Langham with Alterna Haircare and T3 Tools also for Beauty.com, looked fresh from an afternoon swim–a wet look with textured ends that is often a sign of a woman in summertime. Nails, by Alicia Torello for Zoya, featured innovative striping in beige and orange tones.
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