Clover Canyon’s success in the contemporary niche has been based, for the most part, on its bold, kaleidoscopic print dresses. For spring, Rozae Nichols took the optical-effects ball firmly in hand and really ran with it. Inspired by nature in an urban setting, she brought an assortment of little dresses to life with whimsical, laser-cut butterflies, glimmering insect wings and embroidered paillettes, all with a 3-D effect.


The true surprise, however, was the number of solid dresses, skirts and cropped pants Los Angeles-based Nichols showed — mostly in dusty pink, lemon yellow and sky blue. She also added beading and floral cutouts to sports mesh and introduced classic cotton shirts in a variety of bold colors. Both groupings gave the playfully sweet collection a masculine/feminine appeal. While the lineup definitely had a quirky edge, it was fun to see Nichols break out of her comfort zone.