Patti Smith is an eternal muse for Nili Lotan. For pre-fall, Lotan fused Smith’s tomboyish, rock-‘n’-roll-inspired aesthetic with the more feminine, Mexican folk-influenced wardrobe of Frida Kahlo. “Both women expressed their personalities through clothes,” Lotan said, citing their confidence and strength. “They knew what they were projecting, and that’s the key to style.”
It all made for an effortless, free-spirited lineup, this season with more color than usual; shades of crimson, burgundy, olive and navy were drawn from the traditional striped Mexican blankets Kahlo often wore as shawls. Embroidered tunics, gypsy blouses and ponchos — some in ikat prints and finished with fringe — were also a nod to traditional Mexican styles. Lotan’s knack for styling demonstrated the versatility and coolness of the collection: Why not throw a mannish striped dress shirt, the sort Smith might love, under a red silk camisole slipdress?