Wait and See:
Anticipating the Seasonal Shift
Photographed by Hanna Tveite
Spring is the season of becoming rather than of being. Restless in the pursuit of longer days, it is also capricious, favoring wild swings in temperature and weather over a smooth transition. This protracted thaw—a teasing, roundabout path to the full bloom of summer—keeps the world waiting. Celebrate the prevailing anticipation of spring with a wardrobe of adaptable pieces that are ready for anything.
In the unpredictable months of spring, a weekday wardrobe must offer options. Start with a flexible outer layer. Specializing in exquisitely tailored jackets, Paris-based Pallas balances a cropped, open-front silhouette with satin accents reminiscent of the tuxedo, while Calvin Klein Collection’s Francisco Costa strips down the classic trench to create a fluid yet functional version in pure silk.
Neither too small nor too large, the right bag can stow necessities along with a sweater. The designs of Myriam Schaefer anticipate the shifting demands of a spring day—and night. What she describes as “high-quality pieces that will pass through time” achieve their signature discretion and endurance through obsessed-over details, from the placement of each seam to the minimal use of hardware: decisions that keep even the largest tote extraordinarily lightweight. Proenza Schouler’s latest clutch, the Hava, slips easily inside a larger bag and can double as a wallet.
Breezy weekends are a time to put more adventurously bare silhouettes to the test. Embrace a paler palette and add in warm-weather textures such as that of linen. Protagonist’s high-waisted trousers make the most of the fabric’s inherent ease, while Lemaire combines linen and cotton for a smooth yet structured tank defined by broad straps that cross in the back. “It’s an interesting balance to find,” designer Christophe Lemaire has said, “how to infuse newness into something permanent.”
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