John Elliott is standing in front of a floor-length board, pointing at digital mockups of the set design for his Fall/Winter 2019 runway show, which took place at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Saturday. “We are literally gonna have models walk through half-constructed homes,” he says at his showroom in Manhattan, a few days before the presentation. Modular homes may be unusual props for a fashion show, but they’re representative of the inspiration for the collection, Elliott’s dream home, as well as a big reveal for the brand.

This April, Elliott will finally open his first flagship store on Melrose Avenue in L.A., right across from Maxfield. “We’re excited to be opening the store,” he says. “If you walk into Barneys or Union—wherever you go to shop the collection—you don’t necessarily get to see the entire breadth of the ideas and developments. Now, it’s gonna exist in a real place. That was the motivation for telling this story about home, because we’re finally about to build our own.”