In her first ever runway show, Erin Barr demonstrated that her signature aesthetic is a play on hard and soft, drawing inspiration from nature for this collection. But she clarified, “It’s more of an atmospheric, moody ambient vibe as opposed to an earthy, hippie [one].”
She spent time at her parent’s cabin in northern Wisconsin to get into the mood, using the time to develop her natural color story of evergreen, stone brown, black, white, and slate gray. She also observed the loon, a small duck-like bird, that served as the subject of her print, created in conjunction with print designer, Isabel Wilson.
As she told me backstage, “I like simple things with little details to them,” and it’s with that ethos in mind that she created her largely clean silhouette of lean cigarette pants, pencil skirts, collared shirtdresses, and peplums. Her little details included zipper accents, and cut-outs in hidden unexpected places like across the back of the knees in a trouser, a tiny triangle solar plexus of skin, and in diagonal slashes of skin revealed along the scapular bones. She experimented with sheerness, using it to abbreviate a pencil skirt from the thigh down and play with textures. The standout look was among the most structured from the show: a scoop neck coat in the grey-green loon print with a hidden back cut-out, paired with a structured, rigid white collared button-down, and a pencil skirt with a zipper triangle that was finished with a sheer hem.