by Abbey Potts
As spring revives our spirits after the long winter months (and gets us excited for the warmer weather and longer days of summer), designs echoed these sentiments by providing us with a fresh play on proportion. Hang on to your crops and culottes, ladies: these trends are back for an encore that deserves a standing ovation!
A MOI captured the balance of structure and femininity in her collection, inspired by the dynamic movements of the planet Mercury, envisioned as the home of the lead character from designer Alejandra Alonso’s favorite childhood book, The Little Prince. The straight and cropped shapes of the design house’s toppers helped balance the feminine swing of the high-waisted full skirts and wide leg bottoms, varying between delicate pastel and classic neutral shades.
Daniel Silverstain captured the trend by infusing the inspiration of modern architecture and vibrant decor of Montreal. Silverstain pushed the limits of proportion in the best way possible: pairing form-fitting bandeaus tops with sleek, high–waisted skirts in bold colors and textures, high-waisted culottes with a loose fitting, double layer bandeau top and (one of my favorites), playing on the proportion trend by using sheer organza with jacquard to create the illusion of shorts within pants.
Inspired by the whimsical contrast of hot air balloons overlooking The Savannah and hand painted African patterns, WHiT incorporated its signature element of flair and whimsy into the mix and match trend by layering a knee length, crisp white cotton button down shirt dress under a preppy high-waisted and tiered mini skirt. Keeping true to the playful dynamic of the designs, designer Whitney Pozgay also showcased crisp wide-leg culottes and printed asymmetrical skirts with structured crops twisted into an undone knot; a detail that captures the designer’s humor and artistic sense at play.
-Abbey is a Sorrelli NYFW Correspondent