Designer Amy Powney fused clean, sporty lines with elaborate, decorative florals in this appealing collection.
Powney said that she’d taken her cues from photographer Nick Waplington’s gritty images of families in Nottingham, England, published in his 1991 book “Living Room.” “There are women lying around in their nighties with their slippers on, then the kids run around in tracksuits, so it was throwing all those things together,” the designer said.
To wit, there was a chintzy floral print on a silk jumpsuit mimicking the retro furnishings in Waplington’s images, while a velvet smock dress came with a frilled hem and cuffs. Powney also mused on Nineties’ sporty silhouettes — cropped track pants, some in electric blue — worn under checked coats that looked like a man’s dressing gown.
The designer’s sleek silhouettes and relatively restrained color palette meant the collection looked approachable and modern, wearing its references lightly.