Tapping a 1960s graphic-pop meets Moroccan Sahara vein, Lyn Devon's Spring '14 lineup quite literally lives and breathes Marrakech's sun-bleached colors and mythic, cross-ridden aura. Yet often when designers reference the North African oasis, their results are predictably ornate, flowing, and more... let's say, Nikki Beach-friendly over New England appropriate. This wasn't the case here; Devon reduced the region's splendor into an almost minimalist, uptown-friendly package, which was refreshing to see.
"The idea for the collection started when we were in the desert, south of Marrakech. The sculptures, the forms [here she was referring to sand-dunes, a rolling swath of which appeared on her mood board], the purity, the sort of lack of everything except the shapes--it's an incredibly unreal landscape." That alien planet feeling led her to think of surrealism, resulting, for example, in an ombré green fadeaway skirt (a mutated sunset of sorts) or a white henna tattoo print on a teal scarf, evoking wall-markings in pre-historic caves. Her '60s bent shone most effectively in big, cloth-covered buttons, especially along a diagonal closure down a sand-hued day frock. Hand-painted linen jackets--one flax-and-white trench, one cyan-ribboned mini--were the odd-pieces out, attempts at mimicking the dip-dyed techniques employed elsewhere. All in all though, and much like the landscape which catalyzed her imagination, Devon's presentation left a warm impression.