“The work of Carl Auböck and the American Southwest…. For Resort 2016, this translates to an easy, relaxed collection and a modern take on the homespun. We balanced utilitarian and feminine elements, minimalist shapes with textured fabrics, stitch details, smocking and fringe. Accessories continue the mood, from dream-catcher necklaces and handbags crafted from pieced-together leather right down to the tasseled shoes with hand-painted feather accents. ”—Tory Burch
Silhouettes: Grounded in the mix of feminine and utilitarian, oversize trousers inspired by American workwear are paired with embellished tops that play on proportion. Unstructured coats and skirts with relaxed silhouettes round out the collection for a laid-back elegance that carries through to eveningwear, defined by crisp, clean lines that put the focus on intricate detailing.
Palette: Evoking the painted desert palette of the American Southwest, earth tones — khaki, burnt orange, sunset yellows, dusty pink, olive green — take on a soft, sun-faded quality.
Prints: The collection opens with a cheeky print illustrated with icons of the American Southwest — cacti, chili peppers, armadillos and more — and moves into graphic florals, painterly stripes and abstract patterns that reference traditional pottery and baskets from the region.
Fabrications: The focus is on texture — from the diverse mix of fabrics (cotton canvas, hammered silk, metallic jacquard) to sweaters and stitchwork inspired by woven baskets and blankets, delicate fil coupe, smocking and fringe. Colorful applique and raffia trim also provide graphic interest, metallic and sequins add shine, and beadwork meant to resemble chili peppers lend a playful spirit.
Accessories: The influence of Carl Auböck shows itself in the minimalist shapes and natural materials — handbags with wooden dowel handles, pieced leather and nubuck accents. Appliques, patchwork details and leather charms and tassels pay homage to the American Southwest. Whimsical hand-painted feathers cover high-heeled riffs on the clog and oversized tassels embellish strappy sandals with woodgrain heels. Statement-making pendant necklaces — dream catchers and colorful woven-leather figurines — underscore Southwestern traditions.