Brooke Shipley is the designer behind the vintage-inspired swimwear of Coquette. This collection was look after look of my dream bikinis. I love a good vintage-inspired bikini with a modernized feel. Plus, the ginormous hats were absolutely perfect. I would have loved to see more use of cover-ups to give a reveal to the cute bikinis underneath, but the swimwear itself stood on its own with grace. There was a sexiness behind the cheeky bottoms and ruffled tops that is easily forgotten as time rolls on, moving further away from the decade where these silhouettes began. This was a return to that era.
This collection was a mix of subdued colors, but my eyes immediately latched onto the ethereal pieces in white and light pink. Big surprise there, I know. There was an obvious versatility with different pieces, not just the usual dress after skirt after dress. I loved the double-breasted, wide-leg pants, a wonderful item to introduce for the spring season. The subtle details could only be appreciated from an up-close view, but regardless, stunning. A sweet and soft collection.
I will begin with saying this. The collection lookbook on the Julianna Bass website is absolutely gorgeous, take a look. But in person, still impressive. But, what made this collection were the touches of fur and the neon animal clutches. I loved the over-sized bow ties and the cut-out, cobalt blue touches of velvet. The floor-length buttercream dress had gorgeous gathering on the skirt, right up my alley. But if nothing else, I’ll take a raccoon clutch, pretty please.
Katharine Kidd was presented by Gus Mayer and really stretched every aspect of a sophisticated woman’s closet. Lace and silk mixed into a beautiful collection that was definitely well-received. I loved the silk pants with the lace ankle detail, and the cocktail dresses had a kicky flirtatiousness that was slightly intoxicating. The few gowns that were featured stopped the crowd silent. Their detail and shape, flow and color really pushed the entire show into a higher level of showmanship. There were a couple looks that I thought needed a roughed-up hair do and ripped tights with combat boots just to throw off the uptight sophistication a little. But overall, a wonderful collection of looks.
I was overjoyed to see a collection devoted solely to evening gowns. Plus, the variety of design, color, and inspiration was refreshing. Each dress could have stood on its own. There was nothing too simple, nothing overdone. And I was extremely impressed. there was a little audience gasp every time a new dress stepped into the light and began the walk towards the cameras, an obvious sign of a good collection. I loved the classic feather detail, the intricate beading, and specificity of the sequin placement. The color pigments had an unbelievable richness to them, almost dripping wet. As you’ve noticed, I haven’t been featuring every look from the shows, but this collection made me want to overload you with photos. Regardless, I resisted, so this is just a teaser of the beauty shared that night. Each dress, a gem.