Jordana Warmflash has a knack for interpreting art and geometry into clothes that feel accessible. Her latest Novis collection was a continuation of her strong resort showing, with references to the geometric work of Esther Stewart, and a heavy focus on textural elements. The lineup was anchored by knits that highlighted Warmflash’s bold color sense and feminine flair. Installed in the vein of an intimate gallery show, the presentation featured looks neatly arranged on mannequins while a vignette of models lingered in a few of the most directional items, such bright crochet tops and knit dresses in blue, marigold, blush, black and ivory.
The brand’s artisanal spirit weighed heavily in the knits. An entirely hand-crocheted blue, black and white knit dress was a graphic proposition for springtime given its breathable and slightly sheer construction. It had the stripe and textural elements that sewed the collection together. Hand crochet also appeared as trim around the neckline of a lace dress and as cuffs on a great cotton jacquard bomber with snippy fringe. Even machine knits had a hand-done effect, such as the fringe, crochet and scallop detail on a colorful top and a long black-and-white dress. Also noteworthy: an engineered hand-drawn garden print on a drawstring dress with an asymmetrical placket that tied together geometric patterns and the softness of something organic. All in all it was an artful collection.