Mara Hoffman Fall/Winter 2015

Gabby Brooks, Contributing Writer

While Mara Hoffman is known for her bold prints and vivid colors, the minimalist pieces stole the show at her Fall/ Winter 2015 collection.

One of the first models wore a Grecian-inspired strapless cream gown. The elegant, ethereal dress had a ruffle on the bust with a gold geometric pattern, creating a flattering waistline and a pleasant color pop. The dress was accompanied with taupe over-the-knee boots that peeked out through the dress’ slit.

Another notable look was a black chiffon maxi dress. The dress had a sheer top and was styled with a black bandeau. It featured an A-line shape and bold, textured stripes at the bottom of the skirt, providing a strong pop of color that was cohesive with the rest of the collection.

While these looks stood out beautifully, some pieces were unflattering and busy. One dress had an all-over geometric pattern, but combined with the loose fit, long sleeves and tiers, it overwhelmed the model and fell short.

Several of the prints were repeated in different shapes and styles, creating a cohesive, seamless collection. This repetition also highlighted which styles were working and which were not. One print was cream with gold foil stripes and appeared in a long-sleeved dress, sleeveless dress and a matching tank top and pants combination.  The all-over pattern did not mesh well with the boxy, long-sleeved shape, but looked stunning on a sleeveless, low-back maxi dress.

The models wore braided crowns and had long, messy braids running down their backs, adding to the bohemian style Hoffman is known for.

The hairstyles were supposedly inspired by Star Wars, adding to the space motif of the show. Models walked the runway to songs like David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and the introduction to Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos,” providing another example of the cohesiveness and boldness of the collection.

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