Josie Natori Spring/Summer 2015

Shinil Kim
Joohee Park for WSN

As the lights dimmed and mysterious, low-toned acoustics engulfed the room, pieces that created the perfect island paradise breezed down the runway one by one. Fashion designer Josie Natori, known for her lingerie and sleepwear labels, incorporated her East Asian background and ready-to-wear aesthetic into the Spring 2015 collection.

Natori aimed to offer “an escape to paradise, where the uninhibited nature of an island arouses the senses and sets sail to a state of bliss,” Natori said. The collection in fact consisted of beige, blue, and even tropical colors to convey sands, oceans, and plants, respectively. Her island inspiration was clearly reflected in the collection itself.

While the color scheme was on point, the texture of the garments left the audience with doubts. The silky texture of the outer and inner garments that appeared in many of the pieces left the audience a bit lost as to whether the collection was a ready-to-wear spring collection or a ready-to-wear to sleep collection.

The makeup and accessories were kept to a minimum. This simplicity of the embellishments allowed for the garments to truly stand out.

The highlight of the show was the finale in which Pharrell’s “Happy” suddenly began to play and the models, dressed in a simple white top and vivid-colored sarong-inspired pants, strutted down the runway together in a carefree mood reminiscent of Natori’s tropical paradise island.

Shinil Kim is a contributing writer. Email her at [email protected]

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