A trip to Sydney inspired his spring show, but for fall, the idea of a trip was enough to spark Raul Melgoza’s creativity—no frequent flier miles or Airborne needed.
Luca Luca’s creative director envisioned a woman bounding through the woods, shedding layers, and switching fabrics as she went. A muse in motion robbed the collection of an anchored, singular station, and yes, the result was a bit cohesion challenged. But while Melgoza’s looks jumped from rock to rock instead of gliding in subtle gradients, two firm roots tethered the journey: accentuated waistlines and saturated colors. Highlights were an olive leather and fur cape that could’ve very well flown in off the back of Anna dello Russo, and a snug long sleeve dress in a punchy magenta, which might’ve said “woods” to Melgoza, but whispered the magical nexus of “office and night out” to the audience.
Were they both kinda great? Yes. Did they fit in the same collection? Maybe not. Melgoza, like his wandering muse, covered a lot of ground here: burnt oranges, raspberries, mints, olives; leather, fur, suede, lace, and chiffon. But in doing so, he gives his customer a range of different stopping points along the way to chose from, ensuring each customer will resonate with one part of the journey-- though realistically, not the whole trek.
**All photos by Imaxtree.