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Yesterday's Gilded Age presentation, at the Yard of the Soho Grand Hotel, was designed to evoke "the picnic". In the middle of the courtyard, guests were greeted by the cool stylings of a jazz band and the six-pack of a model standing on—what else?—a picnic table. The other gentlemen behind him, some lounging on the grass among shelves of watermelon, were dressed from head-to-toe in designer Stefan Miljanic's casual, laid-back looks.

A few themes were conveyed throughout the collection. The men were wearing lots of plaid, with their shorts, trousers, and shirtsleeves all rolled up. The materials were all spring lightweights; linens or knits that gave off the feeling of a relaxed summer day. Pullovers, cardigans, and other sweaters were also seen in a variety of ways, and blazers continue to make a comeback. Adding a tie to any plaid ensemble smartened up the look for a perfect blend of laid-back and fashion forward.

The ladies were all wearing denim, and just like the men's jeans, theirs were of a lighter wash, with subtle distressing, patchwork, and fading. Plaid shirts were also popular amongst the girls, worn loose, tucked-in, and with a vintage cowboy belt for a punch. "At Gilded Age, we always do our own thing," the designer told us. "We have a lived-in look, which is effortless and comfortable, but still sophisticated and upscale. If you touch our knits, it gives you that cozy feeling which we all need at a time like this. Reasurring. That's the word of the collection." That it is.—Phillip Picardi