Raquel Allegra recently turned 50. “I feel like I am where I’m supposed to be at this time in my life,” she said from her studio in California. “I’m not wistful, I don’t think I should be doing something else or being somewhere else. I feel pretty good.” That feeling of being at ease with oneself reflected in her brand’s resort offering, which began with a pared-back look consisting of a simple white tee with a shredded inset in the middle, worn with black jeans tucked inside black riding boots. The shredded T-shirt—a style staple among the hip and the models-off-duty of the early aughts—was how Allegra got her start. “I started making [these tees] for myself when I moved to Los Angeles; I was working the floor at Barney’s and all these cute girls would stop to ask ‘Hey, what are you wearing?’” she recalled. “What’s really cool is that there’s this whole resurgence of deconstruction again, it’s very sweet to see, and I feel like this is a part of me, I did this for 10 years, and there’s this excitement that I speak this language and I get to do this again.”

That feeling of looking back to create new things permeated the collection. Mismatched printed “poet dresses and blouses” were made from leftover rolls of fabrics from previous seasons, which were over-dyed in shades of raspberry, dark green, or burnt sienna. Another floral print was also brought back from previous seasons with a new colorway. Allegra’s signature tie-dye pieces felt right at home next to her acid wash denim separates, made from 100% cotton with combed cotton on the inside that has the feel of fleece while retaining the traditional twill look on the outside. Allegra’s take on relaxed suiting included a knee-length jacket and matching wide-leg trousers in black acid wash, worn with a boucle knit cardigan with an exaggerated collar.

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