Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock are tired of all things ripped, torn, and distressed. "It's nice to see somebody our age dress a little cleaner, with more elegance," Buhai said. To help make their point, they enlisted Tiffany & Co., Persol, and Robert Clergerie for their bangles, shades, and shoes, respectively. For the clothes, they took inspiration from the bright, graphic wall murals of South Africa's Ndebele tribe—but they didn't interpret the theme too literally. There was a mask print on a long chiffon dress, and their signature looped neckline, as seen on a simple black shift dress, was a bit like a tribal collar in stark red and white.
The focus instead—with an eye to the economy—was on wearable day pieces. They offered a very cool collarless blazer with matching pants over an orange laser-cut chiffon blouse, a metallic gray cardigan worn with a shoulder-padded tee and high-waisted star-print shorts, and a sash-waist jumpsuit in an acid-wash print (it was subtle, we promise). The collection had a new polish, but Buhai and Mayock haven't completely grown up. As if to prove they haven't lost their Brooklyn street cred, the duo enlisted their pals Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces to play during the show. And they showed a safety-pin camisole that will go over big in Williamsburg.