September 04, 2013 New York
Celeb sightings aside, it was the new collection itself, which seemed like a conscientious push in a more youthful direction (perhaps in an effort to compete with hip Fashion Fund finalists like Public School), that generated most of the room's energy. Inspired by the flash and decadence of the eighties, the sisters-in-law went all out, with fluorescent colors and wild patterns including three-dimensional leopard spots and a splashy graffiti floral (street artist Ryan Humphrey painted the pedestals upon which the models were perched). They stamped these prints on neoprene separates like a sporty sweatshirt, a biker vest, and a kicky flared skirt—all accented with neon piping. Other memorable moments included a distressed denim-effect leather set and jumpsuit, as well as a strapless knotted minidress that would look terrific on Sharapova. The Beards also mixed in some of their more straightforward tailored suits and versatile zip-in dickeys. Overall, the vibrant lineup signified a brave departure for the brand that successfully demonstrated the designers' range. "This season, we really tried to focus more on how we personally dress," said Swanson Beard. "As we've grown, we now have the courage to say more about who we want to be."