NYFW SS15: Mara Hoffman

According to yesterday’s catwalk presentations, the culotte pant will be heavily trending for 2015’s spring/summer season. Mara Hoffman’s opening look was an epitomised warm weather linen gaucho, fitting right in with the projected seasonal go-to. Hoffman paired her opening look’s stark white, flouncy bottoms with a boyish button up short sleeve painted faintly with her Harvest print, a characteristic green flora that graced many of her SS15 season fabrics.

Through a collaboration with Yestadt millinery, caps with broad, sweeping brims played pinnacle to the statuesque debuts of Hoffman’s maxi dresses, maillot swimwear, jumpsuits, and more. The caps featured elongated, drooping ribbons hung long down the bare backs of sun kissed, beach-ready girls. The baring of skin is something familiar to Hoffman’s West Coast-friendly lines, though there is, refreshingly, nothing uncomfortably showy about the skin borne. Rather, her designs exhibit the kind of girlish frivolity that sophisticated women can embrace—instead of ostentatiousness, Hoffman is consistently quite modest, relaxed, and maturely chic in doing so.

This collection’s necklines, too, are of note, varying diversely from broad sweeping scoop necks to high cut, halter-esque tanks and maxi necklines. No doubt seeking a bit of inspiration from menswear – rather, boys-wear – the collection shown swimsuits and bikinis paired with caps and chiffon button-down cover-ups gone femininely, colorfully, gracefully rogue. The show concluded its celebration of beach time pastels with a kick, the final walk previewing one last catwalk glimpse of garments swinging loosely to rock-ified renditions of Aquarius and Stairway to Heaven/Ain’t No Mountain High Enough remixes.

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by Emily R Pellerin

Images by Style.com

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