Collection Review: The variety of textures and fabrications is a result of a detailed and sophisticated eye and it allows solid colors to really stand out next to each other.
On a dreary early spring evening in Manhattan, a midtown roof deck was transformed into an intimate setting, glowing softly in warm candle light and plush with worn oriental rugs, to host the Haute Hippie Fall 2011 Preview.
It was a lovely party to attend – not only to admire the boho chic collection and the fittingly boho-chic guests, but the passed hors duerves and champagne kept everyone satisfied and there was a sultry, live performance by singer Marla Joy. A party only a true haute hippie would want to be seen at!
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The romantic setting created the perfect mood for the collection which was layers upon layers of texture, warm desert colors and accessorized with feathers and chunky stone necklaces. Very feminine. And all exuding a sense of nostalgia. As if our hippie wandered off into the lonely desert for rebirth, but is still hanging on to her past.
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According to the accompanying lookbook, here, which was arranged as a glimpse into a sentimental nomad’s journal, this is the story behind the Haute Hippie Fall 2011 line.
Feathers and fur, oversize knits, draped crepe du chine silk frocks, gold sequins and gunmetal studs all sat beautifully together in an array of rich colors that channeled a New Mexico sunset. Every look styled effortlessly and as if this girl packed her suitcase in a flash and ran out the door to hitch a ride, disheveled, layered and purely beautiful.
The dresses will be perfect for any Fall evening cocktail event or date night, and choices range from floor length maxi gowns to short n’ sweet numbers worn with thigh high cashmere blend socks. A drapy silk wrap dress with an oversize, natural print that looks like it was inspired by moss creeping on sandstone was a stand out item, purely because of the unique dying.
Feather vests compliment any style and I look forward to seeing lots of those this Fall!
For top layering there was an ankle length cardigan sweater with an intarsia knit resembling a Native American blanket and looked hot layered over a black mini dress and would look equally cool with a pair of distressed jeans and a tee. For Fall I want to pair a simple tee with their layered feather mini skirt and strands of chain necklaces.
The variety of textures and fabrications is a result of a detailed and sophisticated eye and it allows solid colors to really stand out next to each other. This is such a great way to diversify your dressing. And it makes an outfit look expensive.
I would wear the entire collection!
Admitably, the tomboy or preppy girl will find nothing here, but fortunately I am not that, and for all the luxe hippies out there this is just perfect.
I did not leave the party with any clothing, but I did leave with a burlap gift bag containing a cattle skull necklace, a Marla Joy CD and the beautifully illustrated lookbook. And a delightful bubbly buzz! –Alix Kivlin