The Maturity of Creatures of the Wind Includes an Eames Reference

This is what happens when a fashion brand grows up.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11:  A model walks the runway at the Creatures of the Wind fashion show during Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week on February 11, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

A little ’70s and very slick (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images).

Fashion designers can be influenced by anything. For some, it’s as simple as a wave. Others get transfixed by an image from a book about native tribes. For Creatures of the Wind, Fall was inspired by “the concept of soft modernism.” The show notes doled out at their fashion week show picked out designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Carl Aubock and Ikko Tanaka as particular points of reference.

Ladylike lace and long jackets (Photo: Getty Images).

Ladylike lace and long jackets (Photo: Getty Images).

With mature influences as such, it’s understandable that the collection would translate as a mature one. It’s always exciting to see designers unveil a collection that feels grown up and polished, especially when the label is adored for being an indie darling. For Fall 2015, the brand produced a series of star-covered fur scarves that were equally kitschy and heart warming and last season, designers Shane Gabier and Chris Peters told Observer that they wanted “everyone to feel cool” in their clothes.

A prim dress with sparkling straps (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images).

A prim dress with sparkling straps (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images).

So taking in ladylike jackets that flared and finished at the knee and crisp pencil skirts paired with ribbed turtlenecks, it’s clear that the designers have graduated from their original aesthetic. But don’t get it wrong: Mr. Gabier and Mr. Peters revealed a lineup of polished and ladylike silhouettes, that still clung to the off-kilter vibe of their brand’s DNA.

Braids and lip liner at Creatures of the Wind (Photo: Getty Images).

Braids and lip liner at Creatures of the Wind (Photo: Getty Images).

While the hemlines were conservative, the beauty was anything but. Models alternated between slick, pulled back buns and tight french braids that clung closely to the scalp. The faces were mostly bare, save for an extremely bold lip, with a dark burgundy NARS liner competing with bright red lipstick and gloss filling the rest of the lip. Consider this the grown up version of the ’90s visible lip liner.

A grey Mongolian coat plays well with a bold lip (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images).

A grey Mongolian coat plays well with a bold lip (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images).

For some, getting older is a terrifying concept. But in the hands of Creatures of the Wind, at least it has an air of coolness.

The Maturity of Creatures of the Wind Includes an Eames Reference