Sometimes less really is more. Ready-to-wear brand Protagonist certainly seems to think so. The simple, effortless pieces of the label’s fifth collection, for Fall 2015, were inspired by transcontinental ideas—the Italian art movement Arte Povera and the sharp geometry of the Utah desert. The rich wool cable knits and oversized suit jackets are an updated take on a classic uniform, while leather opera gloves and sky-high skirt slits add a sense of drama.
The collection calls to mind both work chic and cozy glamour—each piece implies that the wearer is bold and confident, as the modern woman deserves to be. The designs are rooted in black and white, with heathered gray and earth tones woven seamlessly throughout.
Since its first season in 2013—launched exclusively with retail partner The Line, Protagonist has sought to elevate everyday clothing, producing items that will last by avoiding trends and fads. Past seasons have reflected this pared-down æsthetic, from the crisp shirting of the fourth collection to the smooth pencil skirts for collection three. Showing during New York Fashion Week for the first time this past February, the brand offered a more adventurous and developed vision, with subdued yet impactful designs that are consistent with its insistence to “keep the focus on the woman who wears them,” rather than on any attention-grabbing details in the clothes themselves.
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