Aptly titled “Heat Wave,” designer Sam Finger took his upcycling roots to the next level for his second collection.
His presentation was held in an industrial warehouse building in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Looks spanned womenswear and men’s workwear essentials with unisex styling. True to his signature style, Finger incorporated organic, recycled and natural fibers in the 27 looks. Designs lended a seductive apparel to a naturalist’s uniform dressing.
“Keeping true to the designer’s mission, the collection promotes, supports and celebrates individual expression. This season the brand takes its ethos surrounding inclusivity one step further with an even more diverse cast of varying body types, ethnicities, abilities and orientations,” read the release. Model Aaron Rose Phillip, for one (who is also a Collina Strada muse) modeled in the presentation. She wore a sustainably produced bamboo, silk “goddess gown” with asymmetric draping.
Asymmetry was key throughout the collection with gauzy, barely hanging-on dresses contrasted with boxer shorts, classic tanks, ruched cargo shorts and shirting. Linen bustiers for layering and high-slits captured the practical need for cooling off in a heat wave. And in a final a nod to New York, many of the models donned Timberland boots.