When former fashion writer Aimee Cho started Gryphon
five years ago, it was all about the trenchcoat. Now her focus has evolved to include what lies beneath the label's eclectic, feminine outerwear. For Spring, Cho found inspiration in her own post-baby tendency to favor easy dressing; "tomboy style," she calls it, "but still chic and polished." Slouchy pants, a first for the designer, in denim-colored camo, embossed snakeskin, and tie-dyed plaid were paired with Gryphon's signature embellished T-shirts, vintage sweatshirts with lace overlays, and oversized vests. Cho added a hint of "sexy" to the range of boyish silhouettes with a purple-ash colored leather bra top worn over a cream-colored shirt—a look that echoed Balenciaga's latest Resort collection. Despite all that, though, outerwear was still the major player. There were trenchcoats, of course, including a piece designed in collaboration with blogger Lizzie Garrett Mettler of Tomboy Style and seasons-old jackets that were brought back to life with reworked denim swatches on the pockets and collars. Those will be made-to-order. For the Gryphon girl who's looking for instant gratification, the metallic anorak would be a smart choice.