Sarah Staudinger, who always seemed to dream of California forever, changed everything this season. Capitalizing on ’90’s minimalism, her fall offerings don’t feature vibrant prints or colors. Instead, she stuck to a palette of blues, reds, blacks, browns and whites, with just two prints this season — checks and pinstripes. It’s astounding, considering the variety of patterns, colors and shades imaginable in which Staud is best known for its famous Tommy bags.
“This season, it’s really about being polished and put together,” says Staudinger, “so I wanted to make a collection based on interchangeable pieces that you can take with you.” As her label’s number one customer, she probably had herself in mind subconsciously when designing the collection. The first look is a merino wool knit turtleneck, bouclé vest and vinyl trousers ready for a Friday trip from sunny LA to any winter destination; while the corduroy trousers under the corset are ready Good for office use. Evening looks were more elegant this season: tuxedo bodysuits with satin mermaid skirts and strapless gowns with knitted bodice and draped skirts prioritized comfort without giving up drama.