Eighties fashion might be one of the hottest trends for today’s fashion crowd, but for Norma Kamali, it isn’t her first volume-heavy rodeo. For her latest collection, Kamali reworked pieces from her past into modern, accessible pieces perfect for her brand’s summer drops — she refuses to call the season fall. For instance, in the Eighties, Kamali would pile three shoulder pads into each shoulder of her blazers but today refers to the look as “grotesque,” undoing and reworking said blazers into more sensible yet still powerful and sharp blazers.
Volume was abundant in the collection: through her iconic sleeping bag coat in an updated bubblegum pink, standout quilted wraps and joggers and some really great lightweight coats (with optional belt or fur collar), like a sensibly oversize pink coat with skinny red belt. The voluminous shapes were offset with velvet and print separates, like monochromatic red velvet or black-and-white striped easy suit sets, loungey ruffled skirts or more athletic jumpsuits and trousers. “Sublime and cool,” Kamali best described her collection of really fun ready-to-wear with a strong throw-on appeal.