Monday Muse: Clover Canyon’s Eastern Journey
Last season, Clover Canyon designer Rozae Nichols took a journey to the highlands. There, she found inspiration in heraldry, a literal rainbow of tartan and plenty more. But for Spring 2015, the designer is looking the other direction: East. During Clover Canyon’s presentation at New York Fashion Week, Nichols showed a collection influenced by the shapes of traditional Asian clothing as well as the colors and images of that vast and varied continent.
Clover Canyon will always be a brand that’s known for its prints. And for spring, Nichols went big. Instead of the intricate and detailed patterns that she pieced together for the Irish fling, the blooms and blossoms were blown up to huge macro proportions. The florals were mixed with abstract stripes and designs instead of the usual lush landscapes and panoramas of the past. So while fans of Clover Canyon will still have plenty to choose from, these prints are infinitely more approachable for the majority of shoppers, who might find Clover Canyon’s past psychedelia just a little bit too much.
In addition to the patterns, which appeared on modernized traditional shapes such as kimonos and cheongsam dresses as well as separates, there were plenty of mixed media solids for those who don’t want to commit to photorealism.
Menswear is still new for the label, and Nichols showed a few of the mens’ offerings alongside the womenswear. It fit right in, using similar prints in addition to circuit boards, lightning bolds and more, but with a decidedly more relaxed feel. There were no printed suits or tailored jackets, but there were plenty of street style-ready sweatshirts and perforated t-shirts that are sure to find fans in the flock of blogstar peacocks that always descend on Fashion Weeks around the world.
Also new are accessories, which Nichols debuted for Spring. The shoes were mostly tall and cork-heeled (in addition to flat oxfords and flatform slides), giving plenty of space for the label’s prints and patterns. Guys might be more inclined to pick up a pair of skate-inspired slip-on sneakers in lieu of a head-to-toe Clover Canyon outfit, but the female models looked fit to print in their top to bottom looks.