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