Over the past year, Miguel Adrover has traveled
several times to Egypt, bringing back with him images
of flowing djellabas, loose harem pants and
floor-length monastic skirts. For Spring, Adrover
continued to explore Middle Eastern-inspired themes
with everything from ornate skirts embellished with
tassels and leather waistbands, to colorful patchwork
wraps and skirts quilted with elaborate lattice
patterns. Long, delicately printed desert dresses were
worn under strict colonial blazers, and trouser suits
were pegged at the ankle.
The ethnic journey began with serene, austere
peasant tunics, but eventually gave way to a crescendo
of primary colors. A tongue-in-cheek Jamaican-themed segment consisted of red, black, yellow and green suits; a long column gown
was painted with an extraordinary Middle Eastern
vista. Model Oluchi, enveloped in layers of multihued
chiffon, resembled a nomadic tribal goddess.
Adrover's collection was very beautifuland, as
usual, long and uncompromising. Not everything will be
for everyone, but at a time when cookie-cutter fashion
is increasingly commonplace, Adrover's independent
spirit is more relevant than ever.