High-priestess chic at Mara Hoffman



3:15 p.m.
Mara Hoffman has a type, and she’s here in the row right in front of me: free spirited and not afraid to wear tie-dye or feathers in her hair. Jewelry designer Pamela Love waltzes in, along with a posse of boho babes.

3:22 p.m.
A publicist begins shooing people away from the front row to “make way for Orlando Bloom.”

3:30 p.m.
Lots of floppy wide-brimmed hats in the crowd. Yup, the ‘70s are totally trending. Notes say the collection is inspired by the art, landscapes, textiles and jewelry of Northern Africa (Morocco, Egypt).

3:40 p.m.
Riotous patchwork patterns, badass warrior-like arm bangles, psychedelic lunar prints, fringed “shaman” cloaks, chiffon veils embroidered in silver seed beads: This collection is B-A-N-A-N-A-S, like what a high priestess would wear if she lived in Vegas — or Boca Raton, in the case of a loose chiffon dashiki adorned with sequined palm fronds. (Trust: This is a good thing.) A fringed neoprene sweater, a geometric-print poncho, and a checkered wool coat provide a half-hearted attempt to push this collection more squarely in the “Fall/Winter” realm — same with an adorable, but somewhat out of place, sweater with twin camels. But that’s OK: Superwomen don’t need to concern themselves with such banal matters as body temperature.

The major trends
Hoods, sequins, ponchos, fringe and the 1970s!

The scene
Pamela Love, Nigel Barker, Whitney Port and a bunch of really pretty people who are probably “Internet famous.”

What this will mean for your wardrobe
Honestly, probably nothing, but it’s sure pretty to look at!


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