Fashionistas braved the rain on Saturday night and headed to Orchestra Hall for one of the biggest fashion nights of the year: Envision. The evening showcased the work of 14 local designers, including both women's and men's apparel. From crop tops to lace, there were tons of spring trends we spotted on the runway. Here are our favorite looks from each designer.
Once again, the sisters behind Idle Child (Becky Niemeyer-Larson and Ellie Niemeyer) embraced festival fashion trends in their collection this spring on the runway. From the ever-popular kimono/crop top/denim shorts combination to long and leggy lace plants with a flare, these looks would be right at home on a sunny, music-filled day in the cities.
MAI takes comfort and workout clothing to a new level each year. Designed to go from the yoga studio to drinks with friends and back home again, the looks by MAI at Envision had a distinctly athletic yet chic feel to them. Black with bright colors, duo-tone pants, and cutouts made their way into the collection, which was styled marvelously with snap-backs and gold chains, as well as an appearance by a #selfie statement bag. The models in MAI's segment looked ready to go into the sun straight off the runway.
Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler
Elizabeth Geisler's spring collection brought some business-chic sophistication to the catwalk. Each of the Cocoon looks would fit right in at the office or out on the town thanks to her combinations of fabric on each piece, including elegant knit and lace paired with sleeker materials. The hands-down best office-to-happy hour look from Cocoon was a LBD with a white belt.
It's clear the folks at MartinPatrick3 are ready for summer (and so are we). Plenty of shorts made their way down the runway, along with cuffed pants and boat shoes. Nothing says summer like lots of prints, and there were many in MartinPatrick3's collection, including camo, floral, and stripes. These patterns popped on each of the outfits, which looked like they just came off a yacht and onto the catwalk.
Velvet Moon Velvet Moon also took a shine to understated festival-style looks this spring with plenty of flow-y, printed kimonos. Our favorite look combined a dusty rose kimono with a beige T-shirt and floral shorts trimmed with tiny pom-poms. Judging by the number of phones that popped out during this segment, this was a hit.
Khampian Vang showed off an interesting mix of black and white as well as leather and denim throughout this spring collection. Here, Stephanie Lake Design's jewels really shined, and her chunky amethyst necklace with a gold cross pendant almost stole the show. But the outfit underneath was equally stunning: a loose crop top paired with a leather tulip skirt accented by woven geometric details down the front.
Samantha Rei showcased selections her Cyclone Wasteland collection again, though this time the pieces were scaled down (no leather harnesses and straps, no ornate headdresses). It was easy to see the craftsmanship that goes into each ruffle and pleat. The best look was her white poppy dress, accented with a sheer gray neckline and a black-and-red skirt underneath. It was certainly playful and youthful, but also had an air of elegance.
Caroline Hayden brought her signature, airy chiffon style to the runway again, but it was a decidedly tailored look that really showed off her prowess as a designer. Combining a white jumpsuit with a '70s-style blouse, the getup was fit for Prince (with a splash of purple, of course). This is one outfit that will make you want to wear white after Labor Day -- winter whites, anyone?
Roe Wolfe showed off a bunch of casual looks perfect for a weekend away up north. However, the boutique's best styling combined rust-colored pants (cuffed at the ankles to show off some lace-up boots) paired with a black and multi-colored top, the hues reminiscent of twilight in the desert.
Atmosfere's spring line was inundated with bow ties and pocket squares, making for a Wes Anderson-at-the-beach kind of vibe. However, the look that we liked most was actually the first of the collection, without a bow tie in sight. The simple navy blazer (yes, there was a pocket square) over a faded, printed tee, some comfy shorts, and boat shoes made for a casual yet classy look perfect for a summer day.
Tessa Louise What's black and white and gold all over? Tessa Louise's collection. The trio of colors made for a very simple, sophisticated line that was ready for a night out. We liked the versatility of a gold, pleated skirt paired with a white top and gold chains -- easy to pair with a blazer for the office or without for a post-work excursion.
Flowers, polka dots, and stripes were the name of the game for Kjurek this season, a departure from the wrapped shirts that we've seen the last couple seasons. Our favorite look was an off-the-shoulder polka-dotted dress that looked so simple and breezy, we wished summer temps would finally arrive.
Russell Bourrienne's camel-colored trench coat shows just why classic styles endure for decades. A well-cut coat is hard to come by, but Russell Bourrienne's tailoring on this trench is impeccable, from the pockets to the sleeves.
Cliche closed out the show with plenty of midriffs showing (crop tops were clearly the most popular trend of the evening, and we're all ready for summer), but our favorite look bared no belly. Instead, the outfit was in the vein of grunge-chic: a black tank top paired with a gauzy okra-green maxi skirt and a flannel tied at the waist. Simple, casual, and fun.