Presentation is always key in fashion, and since Sean Monahan and Monica Paolini couldn't bring their new Sea
collection to the beach (or take a needed vacation for themselves), they constructed a Montauk summer cottage tableau from scratch in their Chinatown studio for the latest look book— personally hauling bags of heavy rocks and wood shingles up five flights of stairs. All that work paid off and the backdrop successfully enhanced the lineup's sunny, laid-back vibe. "Our focus is on keeping clothes down to earth and easy, making pieces that you just want to throw on," Paolini said at a preview. The duo headed in a more romantic direction for Resort, and continued that here with gauzy white lace looks and crinkled cotton "popover" frocks that could be crumpled up and tossed into a tote bag. Elsewhere, they showed soft, embroidered indigo separates like button-ups and sweet rompers, which were reportedly a hit with sales, as well as a series of nubby raffia/linen items including a hooded jacket and a pencil skirt with an adjustable, zippered side slit that stood out.