Mara Hoffman revealed a kaleidoscope of color at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Saturday, September 7th, 2013. Vivacious patterns inspired by Eastern cultures flourished on the Lincoln Center Stage runway.
Hoffman described her “gang of rainbow warriors” as “brighter and bolder than ever,” and the Spring/Summer 2014 collection infused her signature boho-chic style with striking new shapes and patterns. From separates to maxi dresses, jumpsuits to swimwear, she integrated a variety of cuts and silhouettes to appeal to every fashion palate.
In traditional Mara Hoffman style, the collection broke the season’s black-and-white trend, infusing her outfits with the complete spectrum; no colors were off limits. The opening look instantly brightened up the room, hinting at the bold, sunny collection to follow. The dashiki top with ankle-length back and matching trousers featured a prism pattern of bright pink, tangerine, citron, lime, and purple snaked through the top and down the sides of the pant legs.
Hoffman softened the color bursts on some ensembles by pairing crepe de chine tops with patterned skirts. Solid-colored separates, such as the deep white v-neck and azure blue tailored pants, were accentuated with a Guatemalan belt to add more color to the look.
Light, billowy fabrics, such as silk and chiffon, were staples in this Spring 2014 collection. Sheer caftans and floor-length flowing skirts breezed down the runway.
Known for her swimwear, Hoffman incorporated several pieces featuring cosmic geometric prints and audacious cutouts in her collection. A rainbow tie-dye design created a modern-hippy look seen in several pieces including a one-piece swimsuit, jumpsuit, and flowing knee-length skirt.
Accentuating the tribal vibe, models sported slicked-back center parts and braided pig-tail extensions fastened together with rainbow hair wraps. Gladiator-wrapped heels by Kathryn Amberleigh and natural, clean makeup with red lips enhanced the boho aesthetic.
Tying together the funky mixture of colors, the closing designs featured a beaded rainbow arc against a white canvas.
At the close of the show, Hoffman took to the runway sporting pants adorned with designs from her collection. She and her daughter, in a matching ensemble, gave a thankful wave to an exuberant audience.
[As seen on SJ Chronicle]