When boho meets country and when cheerful prints are combined with uplifting vibrant colors, you get the lively Mara Hoffman spring/summer 2016 collection composed of 46 beach-ready looks and pretty summer essentials. The designer never shies away from bold and bright prints always coming up with youthful and happy creations that are sure to breathe life even into the dullest wardrobes. She looked to Willie Nelson for inspiration for her spring line-up and literally drenched her entire show in a Nelson-esque atmosphere: the models walked down the runway dressed in colorful daywear pieces accompanied by Nelson’s “Blue Skies” song with the cloudy blue sky and the golden wheat fields acting as the perfect backdrop. Most of the looks showcased beautifully mirrored the backdrop of the runway through the white-and-blue sky prints making the attendees instantly plunge into a sweet summer reverie. The models even wore Nelson’s iconic long pigtails styled with colorful bandanas in the style of the outfits, looking so effortlessly cool and giving us major hair envy. The models’ face was kept dewy and glowing with absolutely no bright makeup color present to spoil the natural look.
The entire line was overwhelmed with prints galore bringing cloud motifs first, followed by the bird patterns on a white background, wavy rainbow touches and stripes, but also nature-inspired printing, including the wheat, flower, leaf and star motifs. The color palette looked fresh and energizing mostly featuring crisp whites, aqua greys, lilacs, peach and pastel yellow tones, which were brightened up with the bold prints used. We even witnessed a couple of monochrome looks, such as those off-the-shoulder and square-neck aqua grey dresses, the white jumpsuit worn over a cut-out shirt and the pastel pink pantsuit made of a lightweight fabric and matched with a shirt in the same color. Those effortless linen maxi dresses, jumpsuits, culottes and two-pieces can serve as both fantastic daytime summer outfits and unique beach cover-ups for the cool and self-confident girls that want to dress to impress without trying too hard.
Mara knows about Nelson’s favorite Americana style, so, of course, she would try her hand at classic shirting as well, still making those designs look overly feminine and bohemian. She showed two vintage Levi’s denim jackets embellished with cornstalk patterns, but also sent out maxi shirtdresses and tunics worn over loose fluid pants. What came to be totally new for the brand’s customer was the range of the slightly tomboy looks, composed of pantsuits styled with bolo ties, slouchy pants and curious cut-out shirts that carried a distinctive Mara Hoffman flair about them.
The finale of the show was as pretty as the beginning, however, devoid of any bright colors and prints with subtle star motifs taking the center stage appearing on floor-length sheer white dresses. Naturally, Nelson’s “Stardust” closed the show to perfectly go with the star-printed and star-embroidered outfits. Add to all this comfy ballet-inspired espadrille flat sandals and cowboy hats and you’re sure to fall in love with Hoffman’s Nelson-esque collection!
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