Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fashion Week: Mara Hoffman

By ManhattanMataHari

Fashion Notes

Mara Hoffman is bringing back urban cowgirl in a new way, without beating the proverbially dead horse. It can be difficult to make western-inspired wear work in the city, but Hoffman’s collection of Navajo and tribal inspired lightweight prints paired with exotic headscarves worn under hats certainly made a statement.



Key Looks
A body-conscious tribal print dress with a strategic triangle cutout, as well as a black and gray wool sweater that struck the perfect balance between a cape and parka.

Silhouettes
Hoffman showed a lot of flouncy maxi dresses and skirts, with some layered nicely under wool knits. She took a risk by accenting many of her looks with a combination of headscarves and hats, although this tended to overwhelm many of the looks.

Textiles
We were surprised to see so many chiffon and silk flowing maxi dresses and skirts in western and tribal inspired prints, although many in black and white had nice pops of color. Her chunky wool knits were hit or miss depending on the print, and many were too bulky for anyone over a size two to wear successfully.

Overall Impression
We were confused by the plethora of lightweight maxi skirts and dresses, especially the more colorful western-style prints reminiscent of a resort collection. Hoffman left us yearning for more winter-appropriate wear, and we wish she left the overplayed Navajo and tribal themes back a few seasons ago.

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