Mara Hoffman Is A Kaleidoscope Of Caliente Color At New York Fashion Week

Mara Hoffman's Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
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The best part about watching show after spring show in the FALL is getting blasted with colorful, somewhat seasonable clothing just when everyone is starting to revert back to black again despite the still-warm temps. If there's any designer who isn't afraid of mish-mashing vibrant color with wildly original prints—no matter what time of year it is—it would have to be New York's Mara Hoffman. Her spring collection was a modern take on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (if Frida was into multi-striped jumpsuits, see-through gowns, and flashes of neon green). We still CAN-NOT get over the intricate (and completely original) prints nor how the hair team wove strips of fabric into piled-high braids making them look like jaunty caps n' feathers ever-so-slightly askew. Seriously, fashion peoples, everything about this collection was MUY EXCELENTE.

First of all, bravo to Hoffman for using a diverse (and spirited!) selection of interesting looking models. Described as "Mexican Mamas," her spring season girls wore silky white dresses with layers of Holst + Lee's color blocked necklaces, as well as tribal-printed rompers paired with bright yellow, shoulder grazing earrings. There was everything from patterned shirt and pants combos (perfect for shaking up your office attire!) to light, flowy garden party dresses guaranteed to command attention. Hoffman has a knack for adding pieces that fit into an everyday lifestyle (even must-have embroidered swimsuits), but she chooses to kick out her collections with loud prints and unexpected color that ALWAYS seems to work. But the hair … HOW DO WE GET THIS HAIR? It reminds us of the look Nicki Minaj wore to this year's VMA's only bolder and much more—strangely—practical. Looks like we're going to have to spend all weekend figuring it out.

Hair from Mara Hoffman's Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
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