It's that time of year again: when the weather finally starts letting up, when we've banished our snow boots to the back of the closet, when we start seeing spring in both our gardens and our wardrobes. On a warm Saturday night at Orchestra Hall, Envision welcomed designers and boutiques to help celebrate the big thaw with their latest looks.
Here are some of the highlights from each collection at Envision Spring/Summer 2015.
Public Functionary founder Tricia Khutoretsky hosted the event once again this season, introducing all three levels of the packed Orchestra Hall lobby to the Ignite models (some of whom were making their runway debut), the designers, artists, and musicians including Greg Grease, Proper T, and DJ Just Nine.
For the first time, Envision also invited a DJ to collaborate with the designers on a customized set of remixes for the runway show. So who was it? Monsieur Adi, one of Beyoncé's tour DJs. Yeah, that Beyoncé. He proved quite the artist, having stitched together the perfect moods and beats for each of the designers.
Emah by Ellie Hottinger
Designer Ellie Hottinger channeled the colors of the summer, neutrals and whites, in her latest collection. With a flirty two-piece short set and gauzy dresses that will blow in the breeze, Emah by Ellie Hottinger will be a surefire way to stay and look cool when the temperatures start rising.
HouseOfGinaMarie + Mien Kielo
The designers of GinaMarie and Mien Kielo teamed up for a collaboration after hitting it off over a cup of coffee. Inspired by the simple sophistication of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, they created a spring/summer line anchored by a classic trench and plenty of no-fuss silhouettes that would easily transition from the office to happy hour.
Yevette Willaert's collection was inspired by the women she met during her time in Uganda. The spring line was filled with bold prints and structured silhouettes that evoked the feeling of an edgier, more modern Lilly Pulitzer while embracing a distinctly sophisticated '70s vibe with high waists and a jumpsuit.
Kjurek is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The co-designers/co-owners of the brand, Kimberly Jurek and Jennifer Chilstrom, crafted a spring collection with a beachy vibe featuring hand-dyed batik and hand-painted fabric that makes for one-of-a-kind pieces that look ready for a trip to the West Coast.
Sisters and design partners Becky and Ellie Niemeyer are known for embracing elements of history and channeling different eras into their collections for festival-ready looks. This season, Idle Child drew inspiration from 1920s dressing gowns and used sheer, flowing fabric with embroidery and florals. Extra points should be given for the turbans and loafers with martini glasses on them.
Jenny Carle's eponymous spring/summer line this year had a femininity reminiscent of classic vintage looks with a contemporary update: a wrap dress here, a pencil skirt there, and a stunning floor-length maxi with a deep-plunging neckline. Carle stuck with dark neutrals, but tied the collection together with a mustard-hued floral print that gave the looks an extra pop.
Designer Stacie Yokiel embraced color in her collection, which is perfect for the changing of the seasons: pairing ruddy peach with poppy orange on a swing dress with a satin bust, pinstriped pale denim with a midnight blue printed top, and yellow ochre and florals for a summery maxi. Bonus points for the tiny, glimmering side pouch accompanying a simple dress.
The owners of Cliché boutique showed off some of the goods they've hand-picked for the Lyndale Avenue store, pairing stylized '90s R&B fashion (inspired by Erykah Badu) with bold '70s looks for a collection that is on-trend, right down to the faux septum piercings adorning each model.
Emily Trevor's latest collection was inspired by the tennis players and athletes she sees near her home, but if you're picturing straight-up, moisture-wicking athletic wear, think again. Trevor's vision teams classic tennis looks with a stylized flair (neon lace flowers, oversized sleeves, and long trains), making for a collection that feels like it'd be at home in a chic editorial spread on the clay courts.
George Moskal's collection finished out the evening with silvery, metallic hues that glimmered down the runway. From a sequin-covered skater-style dress to a statuesque white gown, Moskal's line had elements of glamour and elegance with a hint of playfulness.