With five small collections under his belt, Max Osterweis, whose earlier designs were inspired by Kenyan kangas, expanded to a full-fledged line for fall, employing embroidery and developing his own prints on all manner of silhouettes. And what a wise risk this was. Showing a deft hand for draping and an intuitive sense of which colors work well together, Osterweis offered sharp and quirky pieces for the well-traveled — or perhaps very imaginative — girl. First up: a silky dolman-sleeve top with violet and orange diamond patterns trimming the bottom, paired with a chic and simple gray corduroy trouser; velvet minis and cool cropped coats followed. Though the prints had a wonderful whimsy — ikat in bright red and green, gray and lemon zigzags — the pieces possessed utility, as with a plaid wool topper and structured T-shirt. It all added up to a wonderfully fresh take on the far-flung women’s wardrobe.


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