When Norma Kamali started selling her wares in the Sixties, she wore a lot of dresses from the Thirties. “I felt so good in them and I thought, how is it possible that a dress from the Thirties can make me feel this way now?” This notion prompted her to think about what she calls the “antiques of the future.” Kamali has brought this concept to life in a new collection branded Kamalikulture, available only on select sites online (including Amazon) for $100 and less. The designer insists there won’t be the trends du jour here, but rather, timeless and classic pieces to add to one’s wardrobe, ranging from swimwear to dresses.
Along with the debut, Kamali also sent out her signature collection on giant “glamazon” cutouts and showed a film. “I love film and the idea of showing what real women look like when they put on clothes they love,” she said. Kamali revisited the late Thirties, infusing a playful sensibility to coats, dresses and jackets in burnt reds, grays, some plaids and polka-dots, all jazzed up with turbans and fingerless gloves. The looks included sharp, padded shoulders on jumpsuits and dresses as well as cocoonlike sculpting on coats and skirts.