NEW YORK, Feb 16, 2009 / FW/ — What do knits, tribal prints, fringe, studs, tulle, plaid, hooded scarves, peace sign ponchos, and chains hooked from ear-to-ear have in common? They were all a part of Mara Hoffman’s fall/winter 2009 collection, naturally.
And despite the chaotic sounding description, it all fit together beautifully to create a gorgeously exotic look that women from Guam to Dallas will attempt to emulate.
We have are anxious to pull off her look with colorfully printed silk jersey leggings and matching long-sleeve turtlenecks worn under chunky knit fringe ponchos.
If Georges Chakra’s first ready-to-wear collection, “Edition,” is the one we would dream of wearing down the red carpet, Mara Hoffman’s is the one we would dream of wearing every other day of the season.
That’s the beauty behind the collection- every piece is so fabulous yet so effortless, from the separates to the gowns, making them wearable but definitely not commercial. Speaking of the gowns, her earthy prints and flowy chiffon dresses were exactly what this fashion week had been missing.
However, she did keep in trend with her edgy use of studs; the models looked like modern day Amazonian warrior women preparing for a fashion face-off. Thank you, Mara Hoffman, for giving us girls some options this season beyond shoulder pads and sequins.
[LINDSAY McCALLUM and ANNIE KREIGHBAUM]
Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week