Sea PRE-FALL 2018 collection (ENDING ON JAN 19, 2018) Shop The Collection
Sea designers Sean Monahan and Monica Paolini have a knack for anticipating what’s about to be “in the air”—not trends, per se, but subtle shifts in the proportion of a sleeve or the way women tuck in a sweater. For Pre-Fall, they introduced about-to-be-everywhere tapered trousers with a high, corset-like waistband; with generous, subtly curved legs, they looked surprisingly flattering in standard cotton or acid-wash denim.
Monahan and Paolini showed a blazer tucked into those tapered pants for a streamlined “jumpsuit” effect. Also new were the duo’s clever twists on suiting. Some of them were subtle, like the rounded sleeves of a brown jacket or the extra-wide cuff on a pair of trousers. The coolest proposition, though, was a Glen plaid double-breasted jacket with super-wide, billowing trousers that mimicked a skirt from afar. The Sea girl isn’t going to wear that “suit” to a corporate office, but it would make a cool uniform in a start-up or creative environment.
Pants and minimal separates are a growing category for Sea, but it’s the feminine, folksy stuff that earned them a dedicated following. Most of the dresses came in easy, mid-length silhouettes with giant pompoms dotted along the sleeves and extra-rich embroideries in shades of blue or rust. One navy, burgundy, and cream embroidered dress will look vaguely patriotic if you’re American or French—fittingly, it should arrive in stores just in time for the Fourth of July and Bastille Day.