February 09, 2014 New York
Steinbrueck was able to accomplish that aesthetic goal, building a 44-look collection for men and women that had a contemporary vibe nodding only slightly to the past. The women's looks in particular were nicely executed. The opening number—a cropped navy felt jacket, paired with a navy turtleneck and a slightly A-line wool skirt—was a winner, as was a low-cut dress in mustard felt that snapped together at the front. For men, a chunky-knit olive sweater worn with leather trousers stood out as being distinctive but not too flashy. (A quilted crew-neck sweatshirt in rust, on the other hand, might've gone one shade too far.) Steinbrueck's experience at Kenneth Cole suggests he'd be good with accessories, too—the chunky buckle boots for women had a definite appeal.