Regardless of season or occasion, Mara Hoffman proves that fashion can be a purely joyful experience. Wrapping yourself in energetic layers of chunky knits and kaleidoscope prints would make even the gloomiest winter day so much more tolerable. Hoffman definitely stayed true to her global vision delivering a technicolor collection with a variety of tribal influences.
Splashy kaleidoscope prints were inspired by traditional textiles from Turkey, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and appeared mixed and matched on silky tunics and pants, as well as signature bod con dresses. There were also animal influences, like leopard and bright, abstract zebra.
The embellishments were so intricate and eye-catching they had me practically jumping out of my seat to get a closer look and feel. (I wasn’t the only one trying to snap a pic of the divine quilted bomber from Look 2). Hot pink embroidery and metal beading popped against black for a bold effect.
Better known for her punchy beachwear, Hoffman managed to translates the same energy into outerwear and chunky knits for layering. The cozy capes and wraps had me daydreaming about bundling up for a gypsy caravan campfire more than the dresses had me yearning for sunshine.
And, of course, Hoffman’s pal Pamela Love came through with covetable jewelery to compliment the range. Models wore ear cuffs connected by chains–a look guaranteed to pop up on cool Brooklyn girls come fall.