Design duo Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin seemed happy to celebrate the five-year anniversary of their fashion label Tome: They turned out a fun, whimsical spring collection that, according to Lobo, was “about feeling good and empowering women.” And they filled their runway with a range of models — multiethnic, transgender, curvy, mature — all of whom looked terrific and confident.
Inspired by the artwork of Bridget Riley, portions of the lineup featured a play on optical illusion with graphic diamond patterns on voluminous tops, dresses and skirts. The designers also referenced a series of vintage photos of African women by Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keïta, mixing layering, ruffles and embroideries. The result was lighthearted, optimistic and romantic. Among many strong looks, freshest were the long prairie skirts paired with ruffled tops, voluminous off-the-shoulder tops stitched at the waist, corsets and tribal embroidered dresses.