In Naven’s spring collection, there was an entire social wardrobe — from beach club to nightclub, work party to date night — for the flirty Angeleno. The dresses and rompers shown in Los Angeles, where Naven has been based for nine years, are meant to call out “notice me.” Its designers — twin sisters Alexis and Kym McClay — said backstage after the show, “We designed for that woman who is fashion-forward and contemporary; she wants versatility in her wardrobe. She doesn’t take herself too seriously, the colors really stand for this lighthearted flirtiness.”
Exposed zippers and cutouts resonated sex appeal in nearly every look, making a hot pink moto jacket over a fitted minidress appear out of place in its relative modesty. One wrap dress, the opening look, revealed a bit too much when it fluttered open, seemingly unintentionally, to flash the model’s undergarments as she walked the runway. (The lack of proper pinning was a recurrent theme on the Los Angeles Fashion Week runways, though in such an exhibitionist town, one wonders if it wasn’t intentional.)
Where the majority of the collection was downright sexy, a black wrap jumpsuit with its plunging neckline was also quite chic. An occasion dress, hand-embroidered sequined lace over a silk mini, showed off the model’s legs even for its length. The collection successfully epitomized the contemporary California girl from daytime to after-dark.