Jade Lai has sent her woman out of the city and into the great outdoors. Creatures of Comfort’s Spring offering was an ode to the adventuress, a vision of the wild unknown through a romantic’s eye. Backstage, Lai spoke about blazing trails and finding a oneness with nature, but this collection spoke primarily to the latter. There was a domestic warmth to the clothes, from the tawny palette to the earthy fabrics, which ranged from linen and canvas to a playful cactus print. Quirky botanicals aside, Lai designed with an eye to clothes that felt chicly practical, like a not-too-polished mustard trench, flowing trousers, and a crisp robin’s-egg blue mechanic suit. That piece’s utilitarian flair was echoed in a cargo vest, some hearty knits, and plus-size pockets found hanging from the waistband of trousers. Even Spring’s most girlish looks had a certain stoicism to them, such as a buttoned-up dress in pastel madras that wouldn’t be inconceivable on one of Tennessee Williams’ more rough-around-the-edges protagonists (it would also look every bit at home on the streets of Fort Greene or Tribeca). A handful of the 36 looks felt a touch redundant—but then again, all good exploration involves a misstep or two.

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