The Mermaid Parade may have happened a few weeks ago, but Norma Kamali's new Resort collection contains many cute suits fit for a long day out in the sea, and fishtailed dresses and flared pants for the little mermaid who made it to land. Made from plenty of black and nude lace, the collection has a bit of a late 80's, early 90's feel to it. The nude ruffle bikini is perfect for an aspiring Ariel, and the black lace bell-bottom jumpsuit has a deliciously camp feel to it, good for when you're feeling more like Ursula the Sea Witch. Like most of Norma Kamali's work, this collection consists of form-fitting, basic silhouettes with a twist, rendered in practical mesh and polyjersey fabrics that allow for real movement and wear. Her simple, sexy designs have inspired plenty of imitators (American Apparel comes to mind), but there's nothing quite as cool and effortless as the originals, making it a brand that populates my Mom's closet as well as my own.
Monday, June 27, 2011