Norma Kamali continued to blur the lines between active, swim and ready-to-wear in her pre-fall collection, which mixed tailored separates with her signature, easy ath-leisure wear. “I’ve become obsessed with prints,” Kamali said during a preview. “More and more, it’s an important part of what pulls the collections together.” Her latest lineup included graphic stripes, micro leopard spots and abstract marble prints in black, navy and gray.
Kamali’s dresses were standouts this season: They featured elongated sleeves that could be wrapped and tied in many ways, as demonstrated in her energetic, seasonal dance videos. She also piled on texture with silver studding and tiered layers of fringe — the latter adorning bell-bottoms and a bell-sleeved top in one particularly festive look. Other pants, cut loose with ample volume — Kamali nicknamed them her “elephant pants” — were done in slightly sheer poly-jersey and decorated with athletic side stripes. A series of cotton tanks and Ts featuring empowerment slogans and wild animals added to the playful pattern-mixing.