“The body says what words cannot.”

The quote from Martha Graham, hailed as the mother of modern dance, served as designer Marie Mazelis’ general theme, while artwork from the likes of Ryuji Nakamura, Katie Lion and Lydia Hirte also helped inform the body-conscious lineup.

Fluidity and movement played heavily into Mazelis’ interpretation of dancewear as ready-to-wear, with a sense of ease in dressing that will appeal to women on the go looking for elevated staples. Strip details on dresses referenced the swirling artwork inspirations and were used as both embellishments and functional ties. A standout included a primrose slipdress with strips of fabric at the bust, its easy allure disrupted ever so slightly by a sense of constriction. Hints of skin revealed through cutouts and slit details also emphasized the focus on the body. Bodysuits in a cotton rayon fabric served as the base layer, and had a dressier feel than the athletic options dominating the market.

Though the majority of the collection was light and fluid, there were weightier pieces mixed in. Sculptural folds and suede with multi-needle stitching helped balance out the sweetness of the shimmery nudes and metallics.

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