What do you get if you mix one part eveningwear, two parts casual attitude and a shaker full of fruity colors? The answer is Alexis Mabille’s spring collection, which was inspired by a watermelon cocktail called the Sandia Smash.
Lest that reference be considered a trifle lightweight, he also cited the drawings of Mose Tolliver and Alekos Fassianos as inspirations for his naïf watermelon print. A red sweatshirt embroidered with a semicircle of black pips, paired with a sweeping coral silk skirt, made for a witty yet subtle variation on the theme.
Some of the color combinations were a bit of an eyeful, such as a coral silk jacket with lime green and turquoise pants. Used in smaller doses, the zesty hues packed a pleasant visual punch. Shirtdresses, lace-trimmed blouses and high-waisted crepe pants all made for nifty additions to a summer wardrobe. And this fun, flirty attitude was reflected in the season’s accessory: a micro-backpack in duchesse satin that dangled from the waist.