Barbara Bui sought to capture the kind of laid-back attitude and Latino spirit one would find in Florida, pepped up with vitamin hues and mood-booster tropical prints. “With everything that’s happened, it’s kind of what we need right now,” said the designer, nodding to a bright coral silk cady suit with slouchy drawstring pants “to be worn with flat sandals.”
There was no letting go of her signature leather “rock-chic” — or make that “Miami Vice” — staples, though, with short-sleeved bombers and LBDs in geometric, lasercut motifs and “armorlike” eyelet embroidery lending a hard edge. “We used different hand techniques to create a summery take on leather, be it an ethnic or rock ‘n’ roll vibe,” Bui said.
The designer’s ornamental mood extended to her bags, which feature interchangeable straps, and shoes, as well as to the line’s belts, used to tame the voluminous color-drenched jersey dresses.