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Monday Muse: South America Inspires Clover Canyon Resort 2015

Clover Canyon Resort 2015

The world’s eyes have been on South America. Not only was FIFA’s World Cup happening this summer, but the Olympics are on the horizon and that’s sure to bring an even more intense focus on the continent. Rozae Nichols, the designer of L.A.’s Clover Canyon, took inspiration from the vibrant colors and joie de vivre of South America and channeled it into one of the brand’s most memorable collections to date. Not only did Nichols experiment with new technique, she introduced a few solid staples to accompany her line’s print-perfect pieces.

As we found from hours of watching the World Cup, South America’s all about passion. Nichols channeled that passion through bright, bold prints (what else?) featuring oversized roses and orchid-hued florals that clashed and ran together the way the crowds seemed to in the soccer stadiums. The collection was a kaleidoscope of feathers, florals and acid-hued geometrics that are sure to satisfy her base clientele — the ones that flock to her every season for the newest prints and the latest patterns. The usual fare, such as scuba dresses and fit-and-flare frocks are sure to keep those girls happy, but new customers are sure to be drawn in by the introduction of a few softer pieces, such as an allover printed jumpsuit or an off-the shoulder sweater that looked as if it was plucked right off the Girl from Ipanema herself.

Clover Canyon Resort 2015

And while the prints told the story of the line’s southern sojourn, closer inspection revealed that it was precisely the place that Nichols choose to play.

Some of the pieces were reversible, shifting from hyper-florals to stripes, giving shoppers two looks in one. And when she wasn’t experimenting with double printing, Nichols tried her hand at printing her signature patterns onto sequins and micro-fringed fabrics, giving the prints a whole new life with the slightest movement. And as for the solids? There were plenty in comparison to past seasons’ offerings. Laser-cut neoprene was used for skirts and crop tops in white and blush, giving the brand’s patterns the perfect contrast. So even if patterns aren’t your preference, Nichols is giving you a reason to take a look.

Shop our favorite Clover Canyon looks:

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Our Top Breton Stripe Picks for a Seaworthy Summer Wardrobe

Originally designed for the French navy, the Breton striped shirt (aka the marini¨re) shifted from workwear to fashion thanks to designer Coco Chanel, who introduced the design in her ready-to-wear collection in 1917. Since then, designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier (who has taken the breton as his de-facto trademark, using it on the bottle for his popular Le Male cologne and even outfitting his staff in marini¨res during his runway shows), Givenchy and Balmain have remixed the pattern. French film stars such as Brigitte Bardot and icons such as James Dean and Audrey Hepburn have all worn sailor stripes, too. Across the Atlantic, Breton stripes have become a prep staple — head to a regatta and just try not to find one or two dozen Saint James Meridiens — and a surefire way to transition your wardrobe into the long days of summer.

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Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Colorblock StripeJ. Crew Sailor Stripe Bikini Topand bottomCB Made in Italy Stripe Flat Slip-on