It was a last-minute deal for interior designers Jack Miner and Lily Miesmer who, days before unveiling their new collection, decided it was best to stage their runway debut.
Designers have climbed the fashion ladder in the space of just four collections and thought it was time to step up a gear. A static presentation would not suffice.
They created a black box theater in an East Village performance art space and sent out a collection that, on par with previous releases, rejected most of the visual codes the brand had already established.
While previous Interior collections were rich in sequins, appliqués, embroidery and trims – displaying an abundance of ideas – Miner and Miesmer decided that for this season it would be best to do away with embellishments altogether.
For spring, the duo focused on jagged edges, distressed chiffons and dip-dyes reminiscent of mud stains and spilled tea. A palette of neutrals, ballet pink and black focused a wide range of fabrications from Italian linen and stretch lace to fishnet crochet and ruched jersey.
While most of the collection felt feminine, a soundtrack of noise and punk music provided an edge – playing on the social circles of designers who dabble in the downtown skater scene.
“This season is, instead of embellishment, about providing specialness through destruction. Eighty percent of the collection has been destroyed or manipulated in some way,” Miesmer said backstage .
While the collection’s hand-destroyed treatments seemed difficult to replicate for production, Miesmer claimed: “Denim has a whole distressed cottage industry, so people are ready to do it – we just gave them materials. that they don’t often work with. It’s the weirdest experience to bring a Dremel to an Italian linen suit.
Special is the word that Miner and Miesmer established as their mission statement. They’ve found a niche by offering wardrobe basics – knitwear, suits, blouses and fancy dresses – with a “quirky” twist. The formula works – they are now offered by most major US retailers, including Saks, Net-a-porter and Bergdorf Goodman.
Playing to their core – the suit sets, asymmetrical cotton blouses and sheer evening looks that Interior has found most success with have remained this season, in slightly updated iterations.
“I think we really like finding ways to bring specificity to everything we make,” Miesmer said.