Norma Kamali is aiming to simplify fashion, to get rid of all the noise. “It’s back to ground zero again, and to look at what we need again,” she said.
Call it a “go-to” wardrobe, composed of what Kamali thinks should be the essential — her jersey fabric in everything from T-shirt dresses to jackets, from jumpsuits to trenches (in a bonded jersey) to her famous swimwear. All done in a basic palette: black, navy, red, pewter, deep brown and white, plus classic patterns such as camouflage and stripes. Each season she plans to build on these items by adding other key colors and prints. “There is nothing groundbreaking here — I designed these things 30, 40 years ago,” she said.
That may be so, but it’s impressive to see how modern these staples look today. And how wearable they are: A pants-and-tank-top ensemble can go from gym to evening with just a change of shoes. Hooray to that.