Simon Miller Resort 2023 – WWD
“It’s inspired by that ‘Alice and Wonderland’ trip down the rabbit hole,” Simon Miller’s Chelsea Hansford said during a preview of her resort collection. “I wanted it to feel – especially the campaign – a bit absurd. That’s kind of how I feel about the world right now – the metaverse and ‘What are we living in? What do people really want to wear? What is everyday fashion and event wear? It’s all mixed up, so I went for an absurd theme with a bit of a whimsical take on animal footprints.
The collection indeed embodied the trippy idea with many whimsical themes rooted in the brand’s laid-back fabrications.
The look: Happy, playful and realistic to wear.
Quote to note: “I’ve brought home that moment of playful luxury, where I see the brand. It’s playful in terms of colors and cheerful prints, but I want to approach it as luxury. It’s a swing on which I live,” Hanford explained.
Key parts: Abstract animal-inspired party wear, like an all-over sequin set that meets waves and zebra or playful swimwear and daywear with a snake-inspired brushstroke print; a new monochromatic knitwear program from Simon Miller in lightweight nylon viscose; a short Jetz coat in vegan shearling; latex vegan leather pants; fluffy and cheerful sweaters; strong pleated rib knit with long fringes and bead decorations; a yellow miniskirt with a futuristic, distorted hem; colorful crochet layers.
In the accessories: updated best-selling Bubble clogs with rubber grip soles or added back straps; Bandi mules in pony, zebra and cheetah prints; thigh-high vegan leather cowboy boots; a heavy-link Puffin bag; modular waist bag; soft circular dough bag; jewelry in the form of kitsch animals in blown glass.
Take-out: The collection balanced thematic ideas with a modern and pragmatic wardrobe in mind.