In recent seasons, designing has become an increasingly personal project for Erin Fetherston
. In keeping with that development, her garden party-themed Spring collection was partly inspired by the lush Barbados location where she was married earlier this summer. Fetherston created a handful of dresses for the ceremony and celebration and reinterpreted several of those special pieces for her new lineup, including a strapless white pleated organza number with allover flounces that she called the "cutting the cake" dress. Similar flirty styles were shown in a range of vibrant wildflower hues like poppy and zinnia. Fetherston played up the botanical motif with a thigh-grazing shift (that appeared to be two pieces but was in fact one) embellished with petal-shaped plastic paillettes, as well as a flowing maxi dress with a puddling skirt cut from floral appliquéd guipure lace. If Fetherston's current dress-only approach to her Erin line seems limiting at times, it's paying off. She happily reported, "This month, I've had more street sightings of real girls in my clothes than ever—and I've been doing this for nine years now."