The designer’s knits were another standout, done in collaboration with the Scottish artist Julie Colquitt. A fringed, multicolor cardigan was especially eye-catching when styled with a white tank top, and pink crushed-velvet trousers. The hues of said knit—red, blue, and white—was no coincidence. A major focus for the collection this season was exploring motifs of Americana. The American flag was even worn as a cape, or as a rugby sweater with jeans. It wasn’t so much a political statement as it was an attempt to project a sense of hope, the designer says, despite “national feelings of tumult and confusion.”
Hendrickson was also inspired to pay homage to his Christian faith on some of the grungier pieces. One cropped baby tee plainly featured the word Jesus on it, done in the style of the Ford logo. Some of the necklaces, done in collaboration with the fine jewelry label J’aime, read, Holy. The big, blingy belts also had a big “M” belt buckle on them—that’s M for Messiah. “I’m devoted to Jesus Christ—painted nails and all,” Hendrickson says.