Flooded with natural light, the Refectory inside the High Line Hotel served as a perfect backdrop for the A Moi Spring/Summer 2015 collection. White platforms stood in the center of the room, allowing one to clearly see the dark wood-paneled walls. The simplistic runway foreshadowed the minimalistic show from designer and founder Alejandra Alonso.
As models began ambling down the runway with vintage badminton rackets, the audience felt as though they were people-watching somewhere in the French Riviera circa 1930. Continuing with Alonso’s nostalgic theme, one eye-catching dress seen on the runway was reminiscent of the looks of fashion icon and first lady Jackie Onassis. With its simple navy tone, the dress hugged the model’s body at the most flattering points. It was divided into two parts with a cinched belt to lengthen her frame. The look exuded continuity of both color and shape all the way down to the vivid pop of yellow in the shoes.
The contrast of these warm and cool colors worked to reflect Alonso’s nostalgic vision of family summer getaways in the seaside town of Biarritz, France from her home in Madrid.
When asked what the designer’s favorite look in the collection was, she said, “The one piece jumpsuit … [is] for sure my favorite piece. It is tailored and brings modernity to the versatile woman. You can wear it with flats or with heels to an event.”
Overall, the collection embodied the designer’s Spanish heritage as well as the modernity of New York, where she currently resides. The A Moi Spring/Summer 2015 collection was appropriately named “Reflections” because of its explicit translation of Alonso’s life into each and every piece. They say home is where the heart is, but, with this collection, home is what you wear.
A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Sept. 11 print edition. Email Gabriella Bower and Molly Legrow at [email protected]