“I like to approach pre-fall by acknowledging the season it’s delivered in. It’s a true buy-now-wear-now experience for shoppers,” said Raquel Allegra, who combined autumnal colors and fabrics with summer silhouettes or vice versa. The result was a chic, transitional collection that addressed the conundrum of what to wear when it’s no longer summer but temperatures are still high, or when women simply want to feel as though they’re at the beach year-round.
Allegra’s answer was short-sleeved hoodie tops, tanks and joggers cut in richly dyed velvet, or a white cotton trench over matching cargo-inspired pants. She also gave traditional beachy fabrics like cotton gauze the fall treatment by using a thicker version for a duster coat. These she showed in the back of her new retail store on Los Angeles’ West Third Street, forgoing a New York presentation.
Allegra’s signature yin and yang of combining intense pops of color with neutrals was also at work here, as she layered a flame-red velvet hoodie over a blush long-sleeved silk charmeuse blouse featuring a diagonal tie-dye swath. One of her strongest looks was a softly tailored blush silk “boudoir suit,” whose wide-leg pants featured a stripe of dark green tie-dye down the sides.
While there were plenty of solid rayon crepe and liquid satin layering pieces — the slipdress, the camisole, the split-sleeve top — Allegra’s “color muse” for the collection was actually an offbeat vintage floral print that she transferred onto a nubby silk noil grounded in navy or purple. When worn together, these pieces read fall, but overall the collection was a concise study in how to chase the endless summer.