Unlike Tadashi, Erin Fetherston proved that clothes can be feminine and retro while remaining modern. Fetherston has always stood for girly and slightly boho, in a TriBeCa/$35,000 handbag kinda way. Her S/S 2016 collection was inspired by Anne of Avonlea, which sounds nauseatingly prim. But these fresh, sunny pieces had an ease that said, “Come on, let’s hit the beach! Just kidding–let’s stay inside where we won’t sweat, get a Frappuccino and a blowout and get ready for the Father John Misty show.” Blues, pale greys, translucent whites, sweet blushes and willow greens, accented by touches of O Canada red, painted a picture of a woman who loves the outdoors, provided she experiences it only long enough to walk to the SoHo Uniqlo and has on her 45 SPF. The ‘70s informed these pieces (and those in the ultra-dreamy Halston Heritage collection that surfaced on Wednesday and is still begging me to take it to Studio 54), from the caftans and maxi dresses to the capelets and ruffle hems. But even the rose print that appeared on a few of these pieces didn’t push Fetherston’s garments into stuffy lady land. The gal in these frocks is ladylike but cool; everybody likes her.
VERDICT: Put a ring on it before she meets a hot HBO executive online at Starbucks.