Summary: Being from just outside Buffalo, I love to support the troops, especially when they are talented. There are so few of them. So I always try to go to Mara Hoffman‘s shows. When I think of Mara Hoffman though, I usually think Spring as her bold patterns and flowing fabrics just seem to lend themselves better to warmer temperatures. This collection, however, changed my mind. I was thankful Hoffman decided to go with a runway show rather than a presentation like she has the past couple of seasons because you really want to she her clothes move! The collection entitled “Shaman gauchos” was mystical in more of a fall-like way. There were intarsia knits, meteorite patterns, tapestry prints, and “third eye” symbols in not only flowing silks, but chiffon and suede…even a touch of shearling was present. The person I was sitting next to was oohing and ahhing even more than I was.
If you are a bit bohemian or like to look like you are floating on air, this collection will resonate with you. I was particularly intrigued by the hoods on several of the garments as well as the amazing uneven hems that somehow looked tailored rather than sloppy (as I usually find them). Mara Hoffman has found a way to take her beautiful prints and floating aesthetic seamlessly into fall. I for one can’t wait to see a bit of color around town.
Color Palette: white, cream, stone, honey, birch, salmon, pink, navy, black
Fabrics & Textures: chiffon, basket weave, tassels, beading, leather, intarsia knits, magic carpet print, stars print, kilim print, suede applique
Key Looks: Tassels chiffon hooded gown; black metal breastplate dashiki with slouchy pant; black crinkle chiffon dress; stars navy chiffon float dress with stars navy slouch pant; Magic carpet layered chiffon halter gown; Magic carpet tiered chiffon ruffle dress; magic carpet black and white scarf wrap dress with black oversized tassels sweater.
– Lauren Dimet Waters
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