Africa-inspired - Mara Hoffman FALL 2014, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, New York

Watching Mara Hoffman's show was like reliving the colour and feel of Northern Africa. That was the inspiration for her Fall 2014 collection. I could almost feel and hear the strong rhythmic beat prevalent in North African music as the models stomped down the catwalk.


20140211-072113.jpg The strapless silk jumpsuit (above) echoed the Egyptian pyramids, whereas the long cream, wool, braided fringed-coat reminded me of the long cream clothing of the Berbers and the infinite amounts of sand and heat of those countries! - although, as we were in freezing cold New York, this really did seem rather like a mirage to me.

20140211-073813.jpg The mirages came though in the form of the pyramid sequin gowns - as you do when you arrive from the desert into the little glittering palm-fringed oases that offer a cool and deserved respite from the blaze of a day of sun.

Hoffman is renown for her prints of which the colours and patterns were really splendid, echoing the landscapes, art and textiles of Northern Africa.

20140211-075018.jpg Even down to the gold dipped hair - the whole show was a delicate North African delight and the cream coloured coat, well it just had my name all over it. LOVE and lust.