You’re about to do battle with the sun; your body is adorned with the armour of a rainbow warrior and not much else, except for maybe some killer lace-up heels in an array of taupe, tango and intarsia-appropriate hues. Rock-hard abs and legs of a VS angel not compulsory, because Mara Hoffman’s RTW Spring 2014 collection was all about relinquishing the regular and embracing the hippy aesthetic.
Not one to shy away from the bold and beautiful, Hoffman’s latest dip into the design ocean saw intricate print and patternery in shield-formation sit upon floor length designs and cut-out swimsuits alike, as models sported middle partings and braided up-dos, with little-to-no accessories. Heavily embellished sheer drop-back tunics featured a serpent pattern, as the beads snaked and draped around the neck where once a statement necklace might’ve sat, paired with relaxed trousers featuring the same design. Sheer-panel jumpsuits in light, summer-ready fabrics and dare-to-bare cut-out two-pieces sported the same Moroccan-sunset-meets-ocean colour palette, with glorious shades of orange and blue taking precedent. Beaded Guatemalan belts nipped in the waists of bold, billowing numbers and, where a nipped in waist was absent, we saw cut-outs frame the shape and shape the frame. Clashing? Not a problem: embrace the rainbow emblazoned ebullience. And it wouldn’t be true hippy chic without some tie-dye thrown in for good measure: swimsuits and jumpsuits each displayed lashings of the stuff.
Bold bandeaus, thigh-splits galore, sheer fabrics and sheer brilliance; Hoffman’s show end-notes read: #FEARLESS #RAINBOW #VIBES… All of which are hashtags I hope to implement in my life, forever and ever and ever and ever.
All hail Hoffman and her happy hippy self, Queenie of ‘kinis!