By Kelly HanThe Show: BCBGMAXAZRIA
The Theme: California Girls in the 70’s
The Color Palette: ivory, cherry blossom pink, ice blue, cream
About the Collection: While it may seem like a rite of passage for Summer/Spring RTW collections to showcase generous splashes of colors and a kaleidoscope of dazed prints, BCBGMAXAZRIA embraced a clean slate. The sensual and soft color palette played a supporting role to the stark juxtaposition of the fabrics that came into play. For instance, chiffon sleeves breathed a sigh of relief against the more structured and dense, quilted vests. Peek-a-boo sashes emblazoned on the sides or backs of flowing dresses hinted at Asian influences. In fact, California girls during the ‘70s inspired Creative Director Lubov Azria, and with that in mind, it’s clear that the collection evoked the West Coast bohemian ease and sophistication.
The Show: Desigual
The Theme: Tropical Garden Goddess
The Color Palette: teal, onyx, poppy red, lime
About the Collection: Bouquet-sized flower crowns resembling a garden goddess? Count me in. Freshly picked dahlias and tropical hibiscus soaked in saturated hues such as onyx and poppy red were only a handful of the Carmen Miranda-esque headpieces. After all, what better way to cheekily embrace nature? To compliment such eye-catching crowns, the brand re-partnered with Christian Lacroix for garments starring hard-hitting, psychedelic prints inspired by the abundance of flora and fauna. Just picture yourself soaking some UV in one of Desigual’s fresh renditions of the tourists’ classic, a Hawaiian shirt.
The Show: Nicholas K
The Theme: Utilitarian Safari Explorer
The Color Palette: white, military green, periwinkle, black, camel
About the Collection: With the blazing heat, it only made sense that the overarching theme at Nicholas K was safari desert chic. Layers of languid pajama-like cargos and coats lithely floated as sporadic fringe tassels and even faux pony hair placed by the hips added piques of impulsive attention. Natural, Safari tones such as camel and military green hinted at earthy tones, which flattered the background beating of the drums..
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