Preppy, WASPish sensibilities mashed up with Moroccan detailing and the brand's signature sumptuous, more-is-more shapes—that was Sass & Bide
's premise for Resort 2015. It might seem an unlikely combination, but less so coming from a brand that has long traded on an aesthetic tension between the feminine and the masculine. Here, the former came through in Moroccan-inspired beading and flowing panels, and the latter in bold nautical stripes and a red, white, and blue palette. Sharp, tailored jackets mingled with gauzy jumpsuits that, at their best, channeled a bit of the spirit of Talitha Getty. The addition of sizable crest insignia pins atop the occasional striped blazer was where things jumped the shark momentarily, teetering on costumey. Happily, those insignia are removable for those who'd rather their inner prep fly under the radar. The real scene-stealer was an organza with dense, geometric embroidery, nice in a bomber but exquisite as a maxi dress. It was just one of many winners Sass & Bide had on its hands here.