In a season when designers were clamoring to make voices heard in an uncertain political climate, a graceful inspiration of nature‘s colors was a fresh breadth of air.
Noon by Noor, the line by Bahrain based Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa, is a line that resonates with my own cultural sensibilities of combining Eastern and Western influences, cleaned up with sharp tailoring and silhouettes, with floral, glimmering or bejeweled attention to detail. The latter was kept on the subtle side for this season of New York Fashion Week (NYFW), and yet the line relayed a quintessentially feminine grace to the runway.
With simply a handful of nature inspired hues, namely mustards and tans, grays and whites, and the staple blacks, the draping of styles created flowing and textural silhouettes. The rather masculine hue of tan and mustard was feminized with light floral printing, and lusciously fluffy textured cropped jackets. With matching flat shoes, looks like the loose fitting mustard suit ensured a gender-fluid vibe for the line, a trend seen on several runways.
The whites and grays were best suited for winter, with themes of transparency and an inspiration from landscapes with serene, sand-like overflowing cashmere trousers and coats, a plethora of ice textured prints, sparkling embelishments on cashmere knits, lusciously fuzzy outerwear and intricate floral accents on dresses.
The whites in particular were often graced with fuzz or intricate beadwork, which struck a fine line with evening wear, which was a clever move.
Asymmetry was a mainstay with several silk skirts and dresses, often wrapped in long trench coats. The black dresses in particular were a terrific ready-to-wear series of designs, in clean cuts and one with a voluminous skirt, blending the Middle Eastern culture well with American sensibilities.
With an almost musically harmonious thread running through the beautiful, feminine, gender fluid and multi cultural line, it was refreshing to see the designers staying true to their roots and brand, all the way since 2008.
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