New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 arrives in waves for Desigual and Leanne Marshall.
Backstage before Thursday’s show in New York City, Daniel Perez talked to us about the inspiration for the waves on the Desigual runway. “Our inspiration is from Barcelona, the light, the atmosphere and allure of this Mediterranean port town. We incorporated its history and architecture, along with the soft glow of the city’s sunsets. We had three types of women in mind.”
The 41 styles were divided into three waves. The first wave was about the carefree eccentric woman. It incorporated eye-popping prints, shirts worn as skirts and jumpers worn as turbans. The eclectic sensualist look was blooming with florals, lace, and hand-painted prints on oversize blouses. Rounding out the vision, clothes for the sophisticated intellect. Models strutted the runway in sheer tribal embroidered shifts and long shirts worn as evening dresses. Palazzo pants were also a standout.
The overall theme with Desigual continues to be comfortable clothes with lots of style. And, most importantly, they want women to feel happy, positive and free-spirited.
Free-spirited front row fans included Orange Is the New Black’s, Laverne Cox and Karolina Kurkova.
At the other end of the wave spectrum was the Leanne Marshall 2016 Spring collection.
Marshall, one of the most successful Project Runway winners, talked with us about her moody inspiration. “This collection is telling the story of the dark world we live in. People are focused on technology, and being driven by excess and are completely disconnected. We don’t notice the signs that something major is about to happen.”
She goes on to explain how a tidal wave or tsunami comes crashing through to clean up the excess, giving way to new life and growth.
All these waves are reflected in her designs and color palette. Her dark world opens with lots of moody black dresses, leather, and heavy zombie-like make-up. Looks evolve to a lighter color palette and then burst with lots of blues and greens to signify new life and growth.
Marshall incorporates lots of digital prints, flowing sheer layers and hand distressing on silks. Despite all the gloom and doom, her clothes are light and ethereal. Although there is a lot of formal evening wear, she says they’re all designed with a relaxed, comfortable feel, like wearing a well-worn T-shirt, her favorite attire!
Even with her heavy apocalyptic subject, she says her line is all about ease, and new hope in the end. Let’s ride that wave to the next fashion show!