Creatures of Comfort
September 08, 2013 New York
Lai relied on Japanese and Italian cottons to keep things crisp and on a neutral palette, and a few low-key prints to keep things versatile, like a scattering of white polka dots on a long, mustard yellow shirtdress worn over matching cropped pants. The polka dots were echoed later on a white strapless dress covered in touchable white cloud puffs; it tied under the bust the way you might jerry-rig a sarong so you could wear it out to dinner. A sole pair of gold shorts, short but roomy—and shiny—brought out the glam factor associated with island hopping. They stood out (they'd stand out anywhere) but were still of a piece with the collection's supremely relaxed vibe. The addition of handbags this season was a nice step forward; in rich leather and clean, structured shapes, they were a reminder that these clothes could have a good life in the city, too.