There's just something about Mara Hoffman, the former dancer turned NYC designer who was discovered when star-studded "Sex and the City" stylist Patricia Field discovered her on the street to compliment her outfit.
Maybe it's her worldy and otherworldly inspirations, from space age celestial visions to explorations of Egyptian ruins. Maybe it's her signature, immediately recognizable prints. Maybe it's her inane talent for mixing patterns. Maybe it's the cool limited edition shave cream cans she designed for Skintimate. Maybe it's the fact that we're both celebrating our third year together at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Whatever it is, Mara has been my Best in Fashion Show since she revealed her first swimwear collection back in 2008...and she has held the title ever since.
(Photo credits: Randy Brooke)
Known for her colorful, bohemian Ready-to-Wear and Swimwear collections, Mara's new Resort 2012 collection brought back elements from two previously separated collections while incorporating a new lightweight woven cotton voile fabric that breezed down the runway creating a romantic, effortless and tropically hip feel.
From form fitting maxi dresses to bustier bikini tops, captivating corals to turquoise and tikis, I fell in love with every piece. Coverups, schmuver ups, I would wear every poncho dress, draped gown or dashiki out on the town as a dress and would receive nothing but compliments all night long.
I especially loved her new Vees print that added a soft whimsy to a rocking romper and her Vees cotton voile tunic that created a totally cool contrast to a pair of beautifully cut Cheetah print shorts. King Tut made a few tongue and cheeky appearances in a maillot, maxi dress and high waisted bikini. My most favorite look? A Violet Modal crop top with matching side tie bikini that I will most definitely be wearing on the beach next season.
Mara's models, as always, were styled with consistence, sporting wooden bangles piled high on both wrists, brilliant fishbone braided plaits created by Elsa Canedo for TRESemmé, hot pink tribal make-up by Lottie for Make Up Forever and Sammy-approved shoes by Kork-Ease.
Thank you again for another stunning show Mara. Looking forward to doing it again next year.