Sea goes oversize at New York Fashion Week

September 22, 2017

by Ian Laughead

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In an age when the fashion world is transitioning away from skinny jeans, cigarette pants, and bodycon dresses, Sea by designers Monica Paolini and Sean Monahan knows exactly what’s next. Volume, volume, volume.

The label, an ApparelMagic client, took advantage of the runway’s trend towards wider widths and presented roomy, easy clothes for a contemporary woman in their spring look book. Here it meant relaxing the waists of eyelet dresses and letting them fall freely from the shoulders, cinching a pair of cropped terra cotta pants with a paper bag waist, and sizing up on all the tops. High and tight is over, and Sea is leading the charge.

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Paolini and Monahan are never the types to just style up basics, and this season had them experimenting with flamenco ruffles. Thrown asymmetrically over a dress here, or fitting a flouncy peplum to a denim jacket there, they were modernized with the label’s signature ease.

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It wasn’t all feminine though. Indeed, Sea’s strongest looks are often in their daywear separates, and a section of pieces in a cream windowpane check stood out from all the rest. Imagining the fabric in a jumpsuit, blouse, suit, and dress, the designers at Sea showed how they are masters at making a trend their own.