Tiptoe through the House of Groves garden party
From established designers to people showing for the first time, this East Coast getaway is capturing the imagination. (Jack Boland/QMI AGENCY)
What is it about the Hamptons this season? From established designers to people showing for the first time, this East Coast getaway is capturing the imagination. So it was for Jennifer Waters, whose House of Groves collection evoked, as she put it, "Annie Hall at a Hamptons garden party."
Nearly every piece had a nipped-in waist in muted beige and black, while a stand-out dress was a coral frock with a pin-tucked collar.
Suits were shown in a soft grey and white stripe using details like over-sized buttons and tapered legs, offering a summer alternative to the office worker's pinstripe gear.
Other work-appropriate outfits included high-waisted grey-green wide pants and a skirt with a raised waist that finished with a frill.
Moving toward evening, a high-collared black shirt dress with a full skirt was a new take on the 1950s house dress, while a mini Mod dress with three-quarter-length sleeves in a texturized black material could take a woman from the garden party to the limousine.
A fashion forward piece was a pair of black satin genie pants.
Bleached beige tie dye fabrics contrasted these solid basics.
"I just thought it was fun," said Waters. "I loved the fabric. And I loved the juxtaposition of tie dye and a really classic and feminine silhouette."