It sometimes frustrates me that it takes a while to write these reviews up after the end of Fashion Week, but I feel a great responsibility to the designers and companies who invite me to the shows. This means that I take the time to really think through the review and write them up. A perfect example of this is Mara Hoffman, whose show I’ve wanted to see for some time and was able to see this season.
Mara Hoffman is a designer who really “feels” her collection, with lots of mystical references that translate to incredibly beautiful prints and pieces that move gloriously with the body. Hoffman’s Fall 2012 collection was described as “shaman gauchos” and had a very 70’s feel to me – breezy dresses that were meant to breeze behind the body like a Marisa Berenson-type photo shoot and sumptuous knits meant to guard the body against harsh stares and frigid temperatures.
Rounded crown wool felt hats shielded the gaze of the models as they strolled down the runway in vibrant prints that included Southwestern blanket motifs and what looked to be space and mystical (third eye) prints were draped and gathered into very Western dresses that floated effortlessly down the runway. It was as if the models were draped to perfection but wrapped in protection – a very appropriately beautiful motif for these times.
Mara’s work came alive in a mixture of color grounded by black-as-night noir touches. Items to note are shown in this post, dresses and gowns that are incredibly wearable but not immediately obvious that their intent has a higher influence. I got the vibe Mara Hoffman was putting down with this collection. I hope to grab some of it for myself. God knows that haters are gonna hate. Might as well dress for the occasion.