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Simon Miller Stages Spring Show in New York Cemetery

Stephanie Chan
Models at the Simon Miller spring 2017 presentation.

The colorful collection brought the venue to life, courtesy of designers Daniel Corrigan and Chelsea Hansford.

From a former smallpox hospital to seaside piers to cobblestone streets, no venue is off limits for designers this season. That includes the New York Marble Cemetery in East Village, where bi-coastal designers Daniel Corrigan (based in L.A.) and Chelsea Hansford (based in New York) staged their Simon Miller spring 2017 collection Saturday night. (Tracy Reese is also hosting her show there on Sunday.)

Hansford, who became the brand's co-creative director after Jake Sargent departed in 2015, told Pret-a-Reporter they chose the venue because they, "could not stop thinking about it. These textures say so much about Simon Miller. The grass, the walls."


SIMON MILLER MUSES: Models at the Simon Miller spring 2017 presentation. (Photo: Courtesy)

The 16-foot marble walls served as a backdrop for a palette of moss green, mustard yellow and terracotta orange, paired with subtler shades of black and ivory. The collection included laid back pieces, silhouettes such as a drop-waist dress with pleated hemline, billowy trousers and textured knitwear, as well as the brand's signature denim offerings in light and mid-blue washes. Leather was also a highlight, though not for the models wearing it in the hot and humid weather. One poor woman (in the last look that consisted of a long coat and frayed sweatpants) fainted during the presentation.

In addition showing their popular Bonsai bag, which has been a favorite among street-style superstars Kate Foley, Garance Dore and Man Repeller's Leandra Medine, the designers introduced the mini Birch bag (a smaller version of their oversized tote) and the Fir cross-body style bag.


SIMON MILLER MUSES: Models at the Simon Miller spring 2017 presentation. (Photo: Courtesy)

The show's eerie mood was complemented by moody music by Hansford's pal Charles Derenne of 1982Paris.

Though the collection isn't part of the "see now, buy now" movement, Hansford says, "If I could figure that out with production I would be all about it. I think it's awesome and we're trying to do that with our bags on e-commerce." The brand currently sells its ready-to-wear and accessories at SimonMiller.com, as well as Barneys and Matches Fashion.

The bags from the spring show, however, won't be immediately available for the in-fall season, but she assured us, "Ask me next season! Daniel is very passionate about that. He keeps pushing but there's only so many things you can do everyday."

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