What would a girl pack for a trip through South America? That question inspired Vanessa Bruno to conjure a delightful mix of easy daywear and artisanal dresses meant for summer evenings spent on the beach. She worked practical wrap skirts and adjustable, belted dresses in hand-finished raffia and a crinkled silk-cotton fabric — equally as comfortable as they were alluring.

 

A long, lean shirtdress in pure silk was undeniably Bruno, yet the focus on crocheting felt new, giving the collection with a more bohemian flair than in seasons past. To wit: The silhouettes of folksy dresses in exquisite lace and silk-cotton combinations boasted decorative plastrons, harkening back to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, while the vibrant color palette was borrowed from architect Luis Barragán.

 

Accessorized with an extended jewelry line — turquoise-beaded necklaces and gold-plated shell pendants — the collection stood out for its versatility. “Easy clothes for difficult girls,” as Bruno put it.