Fashion Week can be over the top. From the photographers to the grand-scale shows to the bevy of street style peacocks, it can be a circus. But instead of rolling out the red carpet and putting on the show, M. Martin stripped it all back. For M. Martin’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection, shown at New York Fashion Week, designers Albert Gilbert Gaines and Jennifer Noyes just gave us the simple bare necessities. Inspired after Ernest Hemingway, the simplistic (not to be confused with basic) collection was dabbled with slight militia references: a utility pocket here, a flight suit there. Comfortable pieces in luxurious fabrics showed off the design duo’s mastery of both fabric choice and pattern making. Feminine silhouettes were countered perfectly with subtle manly detailing. Crisp, tonal looks were followed by muted tropical patterning. It was a breath of fresh air – refined, pure, and purposeful.