Timo Weiland and his co-designers Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang took a trip to Indonesia (thanks to a partnership between the CFDA Incubator and W Hotels) and rather than take in the country's ancient temples, they honed in on the local surf culture, which actually made for a less literal, and perhaps more interesting inspiration.
"We met all these expats," Kang told us after the show. "There's a large, large surf culture there, so we hung out, did beach stuff, and really enjoyed the culture there, the people that live there, so that started it." So how did that inspire their collection? As has become de riguer for the designers, it's rooted in the cool New Yorker. "It's basically people from New York in Indonesia. And then we went to surf culture; that's why the pieces look a little bit more easy and comfortable."
Indeed, the collection was more pared back and muted color-wise than past collections--even the original abstract prints--one of the label's signatures--were dialed down a knotch (but still gorgeous). It gave the collection a more mature, streamlined feel. It also made us want to snatch the clothes off the models and wear them every day, forever.
"It's all about the girl feeling comfortable. We wanted it to be something a girl can wear every single day." Everything from the simple sweaters to the streetwear-y sweatshirts and anoraks to the drawstring-waist dresses to the Birkenstock-esque hidden platform shoes (a collab with Tsubo) felt utterly easy and wearable.
Not everything was sporty, though--there was still lots of eyelet and flirty skirts and dresses to satisfy Weiland's girlier customer. Though, my favorite looks featured a combination of both: sweet sleeveless dresses paired over basic white tees. This might become my uniform next spring.