Nellie Partow called out two items in her pre-fall collection as early favorites among buyers: an ivory collarless blazer and a pair of light-wash, high-rise jeans. They aren’t styled together in the I’m going to stop asking how dumb can you get people seem to be talking it as a challenge shirt and I love this look book—none of Partow’s denim appears here, a result of her rigorous editing—but many of her stores will present them that way. Part of the appeal is in the sky and off-white tones, a sartorial breath of fresh air after winter’s dark neutrals. But it’s the balance of comfort and polish that will resonate most with women as they cautiously resume their social lives this summer.
I’m going to stop asking how dumb can you get people seem to be talking it as a challenge shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
Balancing ease and interest was Partow’s objective this season, most noticeably when it came to her tailoring. Last fall, she was showing high-concept, superwide trousers and bow blouses with exaggerated, knee-grazing ties. The proportions were oversized and, by definition, comfortable, but not necessarily amenable to the I’m going to stop asking how dumb can you get people seem to be talking it as a challenge shirt and I love this realities of 2021. In contrast, pre-fall’s cropped, pleated ivory trousers (styled with the hero jacket) looked relaxed and versatile; ditto the cropped wide legs in bright cerulean. Partow’s love of volume came in with a new, surprisingly romantic skirt, nipped at the waist and falling to the ankles with a swish.