Having cut her creative teeth at Bill Blass, Armani, and Ralph Lauren, designer Thomasine Dolan’s self-proclaimed “love of haberdashery” shines through in her debut collection’s preppy oxford shirts and adorable madras swimwear, which we previewed last night at Saturdays Surf.
“It really started with the bikinis—and the clothes followed,” the designer explained of her line, set to be carried this spring at both the downtown surf boutique and Steven Alan.
Though she had never tried her hand at cutting bathing suits before, Dolan stressed that each look in her line is meant to be layered atop one of the bikinis—a more dressed-up take on the typical beach cover-up. “Buttoned-up can be really sexy if the fit is right!” she said.
In keeping with her “constant quest for authenticity,” Dolan first called on her husband’s sailing expertise for creative concepts, taking cues from the look and feel of real nautical hardware. As for the looped-and-knotted rope belts that accompanied several looks? The designer actually tapped a Massachusetts-based rigging supply shop for that rope, then called on “a professional knot-tier” employed by the Coast Guard and Navy to get everything tied up in style. The Maui-influenced swimwear’s the real standout here, of course, and had us officially counting the days until our warm-weather winter vacation.