“Very often I take a women and like her style and dress her up, because I dress myself up most of the time and sometimes I need a friend,” Nili Lotan exclaimed in her studio, holding up a black-and-white image of Bianca and Mick Jagger. This season, that woman — who more often than not is a girlfriend or wife of a musician from the Seventies — was Bianca. The designer thought about pieces the duo would wear out at night, which led to a beautiful white wide-leg silk pant paired with black bandeau and kimono. Variations of the kimono, which Lotan proclaimed was, “the jacket of summer,” along with a printed pant, were inspired by her 10-day trip to Ibiza. By mixing the two inspirations, Lotan created a full-wardrobe collection that included a bit of eveningwear, denim and an abundance of uber-chic day separates and suits.
There were slick suits with shrunken jackets for evening, and cotton, utilitarian versions with wide-leg trousers for day. These suiting separates, along with bohemian, “Ibiza in the Seventies” inspired blouses created a fresh wardrobe for Lotan’s daywear-heavy consumer. For spring, the color red was introduced to her traditional neutral palette, a la an embroidered dress and army jacket.
Lotan’s strength lies in the ability to reinvent high-quality daywear with a twist, which she did well for spring 2018.