The designer chose the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo headquarters as the setting of her lookbook, and her dresses hold their own against works by the likes of Alexander Calder and Jean DuBuffet. Hoffman continued to use her size-inclusive popcorn dresses as color-blocked canvases; there are new solid color ones with scooped out backs for fall. A selection of knit dresses, some with portrait backs, and one that outlines the bust like two leaves of three-leaf clover, leave room for the wearer’s face to be the central focus.
Hoffman said that the organic denim pieces (there were just three, so not a critical mass) were the closest to her own style. Most people will relate to the designer’s luxe polo sweater as a must-have autumn staple, but the heftiness of printed padded robe coats muddled the message about effortless comfort. The stars of the show were crisply tailored, yet easy pants suits of recycled cotton—one sage-colored, the other saffron hued—that might even convince “Big Mama,” who is in her birthday suit, to get dressed.