Buzz can be a tricky thing: Too much, and people are bound to have outsize expectations; too little, and, well, where's the fun in that? Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos are no strangers to hype. Since their first collection (for Fall 2008) as ex-Trovata members, they've had a legion of fashion-following fans, and this season, after a couple of disappointing outings, the duo finally proved they're capable of outfitting them.
Focusing loosely on classic dichotomies—hard and soft, structured and fluid—Shipley & Halmos provided a framework to explore wearable basics (a phrase we've heard a lot this season, speaking of buzz), and the results are cleanly designed pieces with plenty of sweet details and wardrobe-workhorse potential. An otherwise straightforward silk tank dress in sky blue got edgy when you noticed the black chiffon inset in the back, and their take on the classic shirtdress saw it already pinned and tucked just so, emphasizing exaggerated elements of a men's suit shirt, longer in the back but showing plenty of leg up front.
From outerwear, such as an asymmetric buttery leather coat with peplum detailing, to wear-everywhere items like chiffon tops printed to resemble burlap, there was plenty to choose from in the pair's fourth collection. Now that Shipley & Halmos have earned their fans' attention, let's see if they can keep it.