SEA New York
Sean Monahan and Monica Paolini finished their Spring 2020 collection extra early this season so they could debut it at Copenhagen Fashion Week in August. They hosted a dinner presentation for local and international editors in the Danish capital, followed by a few days in the countryside. Aside from New York, Copenhagen is the ideal setting for Sea: It’s known for a laid-back, feminine look with a touch of quirk—a floral dress with sneakers is the unofficial uniform of the “Copenhagen girl”—and Sea is a label premised on casual, interesting clothes for the downtown set. Lately, Monahan and Paolini have been steering their collections away from the bohemian prints and eyelets they’ve long been associated with, ushering in a cleaner, more architectural look. Spring 2020’s highlights included the hand-dyed, drop-waist slip dresses; patchworked and zippered jumpsuits; narrow cargo pants; and full, balloon-sleeved dresses with intricate embroidery. It all felt crisper and a touch more directional then past collections, with prints that were more unusual than straight-up pretty (see: the geeky plaid and faded-out ruby rose).
Monahan and Paolini said the collection received such a strong response in Copenhagen that they’re already planning to go back next season. For longtime Sea fans, it might call into question why the duo remains so quiet on the New York scene. They’ve never hosted a formal presentation or show at Fashion Week, and despite their global presence and impressive sales, Sea is still under-the-radar within the industry. Before they become the next big thing in Denmark, it would be great to see them forge a bigger presence on their home turf, either by joining the calendar, building interest with off-season events, or collaborating with more of their peers. Sea’s collections are some of the best on the contemporary market, but a lot of influential people still don’t know it. Courtesy of vogue.com
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