has been presenting at New York Fashion Week for the past four seasons, so it was surprising when his name was missing from the official fashion calendar. "There was just a lot going on at the time, between moving our office and launching a new Web site," the designer told Style.com. But no slot on the packed-to-the-gills calendar doesn't mean no collection.
For inspiration this season, Alan looked to Eric Rohmer's 1971 film Claire's Knee
, which follows Jerome, a 35-year-old diplomat, who becomes infatuated with 16-year-old Claire—more specifically, with her knee. He channeled the movie's charm and joyful start-of-spring feeling with a range of lightweight separates for men and women done in silk cottons, washed linen, and chambray. There was an abundance of prints, from a sun-bleached starburst motif to faded plaids. A quirky "pink lemonade stand" pattern that was developed by one of the team's design interns made its way onto the label's signature button-up shirts. Aiming for sophistication, he brought back Fall's tailored suiting. The most memorable two-piecer was done in a khaki leaf print that also appeared on a three-quarter-sleeve dress. On the solids front, there was a denim tennis skirt, short shorts with side-button details, and a gray sweatshirt dress, all of which show Alan's knack for creating simple, wearable clothing that will garner attention—no presentation required.