Amanda Wakeley tapped into a dancer’s grace with this collection, which was filled with fluid pieces designed for a creative woman.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the passion, intensity and beauty of a dancer,” said Wakeley during a walk-through of her collection, which she held as a static presentation at her Albemarle Street store. “But then thinking, where does she go after her relatively short career? She is a creative, and she wants to express herself.”
So these clothes skillfully fused an active sensibility with luxurious fabrics, as Wakeley imagined her muse segueing from dance class to an artist’s studio. A sleeveless tulle dress in ombré tones of white and blue was cinched with black satin elastic, its sheerness revealing sporty black shorts underneath. And a shirtdress, its skirts done in painterly blue stripes that were inspired by the work of the late artist Helen Frankenthaler, was knotted over an easy pair of embellished denim pants.
Even the more dramatic pieces were styled so that they felt laid-back, rather than precious. Wakeley noted that one cropped jacquard jacket, embellished with brooding black flowers in raffia and beading, could be worn with “a white cotton tunic, or a pair of ripped jeans.” “Nothing is overworked,” said Wakeley of her designs. “We sweat it in the studio so that by the time it reaches here, it looks completely effortless.”