New York Fashion Week Spring ’13: Josie Natori’s Journey Back to the Tropics

September 10, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring '13

Summary: Josie Natori brought a taste of the exotic Philippines to New York City with her collection of colorful silk dresses, vibrant prints, and draping silhouettes. Every detail in Natori’s collection echoes a tradition or memory of her home country: the intricate embroidery in her silk tops were inspired by Pintados, heavily painted and tattooed men and women in the Central Philippines, whose tattoos symbolize courage and beauty; the silhouettes were created with the architecture of the historical town of Vigan in mind; and the ultra-bright, vibrant hues came from Natori’s favorite festival, the Flores de Mayo (Flower of May). Natori’s beauty finish almost stole the show: models were crowned with oversized floral headpieces, and brightened with eyeliners in shades of blue and green. Boldly daring, while maintaining a relaxed finish.

Colors: Pineapple orange, white cotton, sunshine yellow, and ombre rainbow effects.

Fabrics & Textures: Pleated silks, draping jersey, print silk chiffon, and cascading cotton/silk blends, detailed embroidery.

Key Looks: Piña (pineapple) jacquard peasant blouse with sequin palazzo pants; Paradise orange cropped leather jacket with printed jersey twist top and printed jersey long sarong wrap skirt.

– Laurie Espino

 Photos: wwd.com
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