NY Fashion Week: Caribbean couture steals the show

September 21, 2015

A gown from Angel Sanchez's "Tropical Couture" spring 2016 collection presented at New York Fashion Week.

NEW YORK ó Each season thereís at least one place, period or color palette thatís a key inspiration for designers at New York Fashion Week. This time itís the vibrant shades and easygoing spirit of the Caribbean. The opening of Cuba to Americans also colored several designersí spring/summer 2016 collections with a south-of-the-border sensibility.

Dennis Bassoís elegant interpretation mixed bold prints and hot hues to channel, as he put it, "visions of strong, glamorous and alluring women from Mexico City to Havana to Rio to Buenos Aires and all of the cities in between." There were floral printed pieces, high-cut shorts done in island-inspired prints, exquisite embroidery details and plenty of his signature textured and multicolored furs done in broadtail, sable and fox.

Angel Sanchezís "Tropical Couture" collection was sparked by the Caribbean flower Cayena (also known as hibiscus). An intense color palette of citrus yellows, mango oranges, grassy greens and fuchsias were balanced by pure white pieces. The Cayena also came to life in artful floral details done in leather and acrylic that adorned many designs, plus some sculptural bodices crafted to resemble flower petals.

Tommy Hilfiger delivered one of the weekís more literal takes on island fever with his elaborate lagoon and sand runway set and a playful collection packed with Caribbean-appropriate casual wear, including swimsuits, crocheted separates, tees and sweaters, flowing maxis, bucket hats and backpacks.



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