Interior Spring 2022 Ready-to-Wear Collection
Childhood friends Jack Miner and Lily Miesmer launched their label Interior at the start of 2021 with a collection of whimsical and artisanal yet sophisticated clothes. Miner, formerly director of operations at Bode, and Miesmer, a startup and direct-to-consumer brand veteran, have since landed a place on Net-a-Porter’s The Vanguard mentorship program that highlights emerging designers. Interior’s sophomore collection builds on some of the codes established in their debut, while also bringing in historical references to 14th century armor, 18th century necklines, and 1930s Schiaparelli.
Tailoring and construction are their strong suits. Last season’s statement dress was the Valencia: a knotted column dress made from silk strips with a deep V in the back. This season, Valencia is back as a sexier, body-conscious white dress with the strips of fabric like a mummy’s. For fall they introduced an architectural suit, here there’s a cornflower blue suit with the blazer cut so it reveals a triangle of midriff (or whatever shirt you choose to wear underneath). The new Boccaccio jacket—inspired by the film adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron—is a series of sleeves and panels visually held together by ribbons, to create an armor-like effect. Unexpected flashes of skin poke through as the wearer moves in the jacket.
“We were definitely drawn to this idea of concealing and revealing,” the duo said. “Creating looks that seem demure in stillness or from far away, but in motion or on closer inspection are really quite sexy and a little risqué.” This was exemplified in a standout corseted day dress with a tulip-shaped midi skirt. The stiffness of the corset and the haphazard slouchiness of the sleeves create an alluring contrast. Repeated as an evening dress with a medley of fabrics ranging from an almost holographic nylon to silk linen, the effect is a bit more “Fantine goes to Mars.” Hey, cottagecore is still booming.
Another playful look is the pajama suit embellished with produce baubles (they had to do some tight editing on which fruits and vegetables they kept. Sorry, asparagus). If it’s not clear where one would wear this—or how one would comfortably sit in it—the “dinner suit” would add a note of humor and charm to any occasion.
Maybe that’s the best way to describe Interior: charming. The tromp l’oeil chiffon shirt has intentionally off-kilter beaded breasts (for anatomical accuracy, as many chests are asymmetrical), while an otherwise standard black viscose dress is set with 3D ribs in a nod to Elsa Schiaparelli’s 1938 skeleton dress. The finale of the collection is a beaded gladiator skirt that again merges stiffness (and, in this case, physical weight) with sex appeal. Every single piece has a backstory or purpose, which is likely a harbinger of good things to come for the young brand.
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