Creating insouciance is fairly hard work. For resort 2022, RTA designer Eli Azran was inspired by so-called effortlessly cool moments, like slipping into a man’s shirt the morning after or throwing on a heavy moto jacket over a crisp blazer after a long night. Literally, the act of slipping and throwing is the draw here. These inspirations work because they’re so ephemeral, but constructing them takes a fair amount of work, at least for the designer. “It’s meant to evoke a chaotic mess,” Azran said over Zoom.
But there’s a method to the madness. Some of the jackets have a hidden second layer that acts as a fastening and looks like a blazer. The shirt dresses appear to be layered over a tank top and sliding off the shoulder (again, that morning after look that you can wear well into the evening). If you’ve ever wanted to be that girl wearing a hoodie to a club, RTA has you covered with hoodie bodysuits that are pleated just so in the front, without the bulk of a real sweatshirt.
RTA’s cool LA rocker chick will find plenty of familiar favorites like vinyl pants, denim, and bustiers—forget a going-out top, this is a going-out wardrobe—but this time around there’s also some casual pieces like oversized printed shirts and fuzzy sweaters bringing it back down to earth.