March 12, 2012 New York
Anyway, they've earned some kudos. This season's Sea collection was a predictably solid affair, composed largely of easy-to-wear patterned knits and silk pieces in a variety of scarf prints. There was a new emphasis on handknits and outerwear, all of which served to further elaborate Sea's tomboy-cute aesthetic. A few pieces stood out as really special: A boxy coated canvas coat, for instance, had a directional slickness; ditto the micro-pleated leather skirt. Meanwhile, the folk Russian scarf print in dark jewel tones looked rich, especially so in a simple tank with a ruffled hem. These pieces and others suggest that Monahan and Paolini are ready to rise to the challenge of refining their line and attacking it with a bit more ambition.