Johanna Senyk sought to celebrate strong women with her fall collection for Wanda Nylon — right down to the silver cheerleader’s pom-pom strips knitted into some of her designs.
Senyk’s designs certainly made a powerful statement as she contrasted volumes: Her pants were either cocoon-shaped or severely flared, while her oversized statement outerwear was definitely not for wallflowers, with cinched waists, extreme — either very high or very low — necklines and lots of Lurex and vinyl, giving the collection a Seventies disco geek meets futuristic cool kid vibe.
A giant houndstooth pattern featured on suits, a cape and a bra top, while jumpsuits and pinafore dresses with contrasting stitching had a more nonchalant ease, paired in some looks with big polo neck sweaters to exaggerate the gauche appeal.
The designer — winner of the 2016 ANDAM prize — contrasted her synthetic fabrics with natural cowhide and sheepskin, including on a bold fur coat in a bright sunflower hue. Indeed, although there was plenty of black, white and unbleached denim, she also sent out an array of looks in primary reds and yellows and a bright turquoise, combining them, for example, on a knit dress with a shabby-chic appeal.