Mara Hoffman puts on one heck of a show -- and it's all about the clothes. After her Fall showing in February where she channeled an ancient Latin American goddesses, I knew that Hoffman was going to be something special. So did everyone else. (The line for her show was absolutely ridiculous.) Hoffman did not disappoint. This time she channeled Hawaiian culture. She utilized a lot of the rich colors, and light fabrics from that region, and she ran with it. Hoffman not only took on patterns, she mastered them. Her body length pieces were elegant and opulent looking. Her one piece bathing suit with exposed sides was in the same pattern as the full length dress. It's a definite must for the beach. The patterned romper in aqua was fantastic. As was the black and gold sleeveless dress that rested mid calf. The color-blocked dress in raspberry and red with exposed cut out at the waist was also exquisite. The collection also included fun separates--the multi-colored corset top matched with the raspberry silk skirt was fun. There were also a number of ivory-hued garments and others in more neutral tones. The collection had a little bit of everything for everyone. It was among my favorites.
Herve Leger by Max Azria
(Saturday in Lincoln Center)
The collection seemed like a more refined, cleaner extension of BCBGMAXAZRIA collection that was unveiled a few days before. This collection had more swimwear, but maintained the same color scheme and feel of the first show, which was great. I loved the fun, flirty, girly feel of the garment. I also liked the use of what appeared to be animal prints. I saw the print on bathing suits, on dresses, and pants. If you are afraid of color, but still want some edge, then these would be a perfect option. I also loved the leather corsets belts that were used throughout the collection. I think they looked stunning, and I hope they catch on.
(Saturday in EyeBeam Atelier)
Without a doubt, this was the best collection I saw the entire day. It was a collection of soft, dreamy, almost retro appearing pastels, infused with showy accents. Siriano has stated that this collection was inspired by ballet, which was well apparent when all of the models appeared with tight buns resting atop their head.