A recent trip to Mexico was the inspiration for Rachel Wilder-Hill’s latest offering for Joie. The energetic result was a cocktail of the bohemian references the label is known for, influenced this season by the beaches of Baja and a new sporty edge inspired by Mexico City’s colorful street style.
Many of the gypsy styles were more structured than in the past, worked in heavier fabrics, some with chunky embroideries and worn closer to the body. A striking pleated skirt with a geometric motif clearly summed up Wilder-Hill’s referencing of Luis Barragán’s color-blocked architecture and was unexpected territory.
From the city, there were track pants with bright side stripes and matching sweatshirts with ruffle details or floral prints, tops with banana and pineapple motifs and a hand-painted leather jacket. Tailoring made its entry for the first time, playing on androgynous dressing via a pink cotton and linen suit with inverted pleats and a high waist. Plainer dresses than usual included a cute navy and white striped sundress with a handkerchief hem, while others had brightly colored prints that looked to come straight from the Seventies. Pretty printed pajamas completed the lineup — whether for urban living or seaside lounging.