Jeremy Laing’s spring 2013 collection wrapped up the second evening of The ShOws, presenting a stellar selection of draped separates and structured dresses to the full house crowd inside Andrew Richard Designs. Laing tackled the sportif trend which we’ve seen for a few seasons now but certainly put a fresh spin on it, creating pieces that appeared both athletic and elegant.
“The collection was inspired by a trip to the bayou in Louisiana,” Laing told us. “We fed marshmallows to alligators while floating on a pontoon boat under boughs of Spanish Moss. There’s where the palette came from.” Softly tarnished and sand-washed fabrics and ones dyed with milk thistle and reed pigments were expertly contrasted with sporty details such as cut-outs, drawstring closures and snap-on fasteners to create the look of a urban, effortless wardrobe. There was even a minimalist embrace of embellishment, with embroidered lace and sequins making a brief but not out-of-place appearance on the runway. Standout pieces included the dyed cupro and cotton dresses that reminded us of parachute fabric reconfigured in a softer palette, and the expertly pre-layered shirts and shorts that we can’t wait to wear next summer.