December 18, 2013 New York
Season after season, Sea's Sean Monahan and Monica Paolini remain focused on designing real clothes for real girls. The duo takes a carefree, straightforward approach to fashion and never offers complicated inspirations. During a walk-through of their new Pre-Fall lineup, Monahan and Paolini said, "We tried to make everything seem softer and worn-in." Cloudlike chenille pullovers were paired with either a raw-edged, leopard jacquard pencil skirt or a macramé lace maxi. Other easy pieces that appeared to have been well-loved for years included branded sweatshirts (that read, "Sea New York Phys. Ed."), soft flannel rompers, and relaxed trousers cut from a Japanese wool denim. On the sharper side were tailored, "needlepoint houndstooth" separates such as a boxy topcoat, a schoolboy blazer, and a pleated miniskirt. While there weren't any "Big Ideas" presented here, the collection nonetheless came together in a way that felt effortlessly relevant. Still, we'd like to see a bit more experimentation from Monahan and Paolini in the future.