While thinking about a world in which geography is made irrelevant by modern communication, Hardy Blechman, Maharishi’s creative director, combined references to the vestments and robes worn by religious devotees with elements of contemporary military uniforms in a collection that was, despite its far-reaching ideas, mostly wearable and cool.
The palette stretched from the ecclesiastical purple and golden brown of Catholic traditions, to the bright orange of Thai Buddhist monks’ robes, with khaki, white, stone and rust also in the mix. Swedish military snow camo tarpaulins were recycled into nice white and gray smocks and jackets, while a super lightweight transparent khaki nylon looked great in a utilitarian field jacket.
But there are military references and then there are clothes that look like they are meant for battle. Blechman used purple instead of black in a traditional camouflage print but that twist wasn’t enough to stop several ensembles from looking a little too much like actual combat uniforms — especially when styled with matching camo helmets. A tiger motif appeared to stalk across unfussy sweatshirts, while short clergy stoles in camo print were a nice styling touch.