CREATURES OF COMFORT AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR NEW YORK
For Fall, Jade Lai envisioned a romantic, impulsive pair of lovers-turned-bank robbers in the mold of Bonnie and Clyde and their post-heist holiday to sunny Hawaii. From there she turned out an idiosyncratic, easy-to-wear collection that felt something like a suitcase hastily packed before heading on the lam. There was a little of hers, a bit more of his, a mishmash of Loro Piana wools, and pieces fit for a tropical vacation. A spare set of sleeves belted around the waist of a louche cashmere sweaterdress conjured up a jumble of shirts, and a cardigan with buttons trailing down an asymmetrical back hem looked like something thrown on in a hurry. Those artfully disheveled delights were grounded by angora-blend suiting with generous touches of both the ’40s and the ’70s.
One of the collection’s strongest looks was a silk blouse in a kitsch Hawaiian print, worn under a rust-colored blazer with notched lapels. Honorable mention goes to a wonderfully obtuse tank with fraying edges and “Hawaii” embroidered across the chest in a nondescript, decidedly unfestive serif. Outerwear is a perennial strong suit for Creatures, and while this season’s styles could have used a stronger edit, there were plenty of winners here, like a rich cobalt tie-front jacket with contrasting black shawl collar. Even a bad girl on the run might pause to appreciate that.