09/05/2013 07:58 EDT | Updated 11/05/2013 05:12 EST

Creatures of the Wind seems an up-and-comer at fashion week with a flair for retro touches

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Creatures of the Wind seems to be finding its footing at New York Fashion Week.

The label helmed by Midwesterners Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters showed maturity in its preview of spring styles, something not unexpected after the mentorship and attention that comes with being a finalist in the Vogue Fashion Fund and an emerging-talent nominee at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards.

The well-edited show on Thursday at a Chelsea art gallery wasn't showy. It had solid styles that one could imagine in the closet of a confident tastemaker, not trendy cool girl.

There was a hint of a well-dressed housewife from the 1950s in the boxy shapes and jumpers — and some looks, including a sky-blue python-inspired tunic jacket, that evokes the glamorous loungewear that was a must-have of all the women who followed fashion.

Even the grey strapless gown with silver lame could have been inspired by the space race back in the day.

But the collection certainly wasn't all retro. There was a graphic black-and-white grid T-shirt with imperfect flower embroidery and dotted with Swarovski crystals paired with a red, fitted silk-satin skirt, and a pair of silver athletic-style shorts was worn with suede cap-sleeve blazer made of blue goat suede.

One trenchcoat was a patchwork of blush, pink and beige. Another was khaki laminated mesh with a double-breasted front, and either one would be perfect for next spring's shopping list.


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