Creatures of Comfort
officially joined the New York calendar this season, and the quirky, casual line truly benefited from the structure a presentation can provide. "It's nice that people can interact with the clothes and feel the mood," said designer Jade Lai. She pointed out that the sculptural backdrop and pineapple totems were a tribute to the late Louise Bourgeois, whose art inspired the Fall collection. According to Lai, the windowpane grids on boxy topcoats and shifts represented the "sense of entrapment that Bourgeois' work evoked," while the eyes scattered on button-ups and other easy pieces were a frequent Bourgeois motif. Lai experimented with new textures here, showing quilted jumpers and flouncy poly fleece skirts that added a needed dimensionality to the lineup, which was CoC's most cohesive yet. We're hoping Lai pushes herself even further next season.