December 04, 2013 New York
It was World History 101 all over again at Clover Canyon, where designer Rozae Nichols presented a Pre-Fall lineup inspired by a recent trip to Greece. Mythological gods, philosophers, architecture, astronomy, and the nascence of democracy were just a few of the themes Nichols touched upon in her signature digital prints. That's relatively heavy stuff for fashion, but the results were decidedly lighthearted. As usual, Nichols worked with straightforward silhouettes to let the imagery do the talking. A long, linen bomber jacket was splashed with the visage of Athena, while black olives decorated neoprene crop tops and matching pencil skirts. Elsewhere, scrolling Ionic columns were screened onto wispy blouses and playful "gladiator" shorts with a pleated skirt panel in back, while novelty sweatshirts featured a graphic marbleized pattern. A series of easy day dresses (fluttery trapeze frocks and fitted scuba shifts) sprayed with Aegean seascapes and celestial maps stood out. Girls looking to go Greek will gravitate toward the one-shouldered number that resembled an ancient vase. Nichols took her theme and ran with it here, but she managed to stop short of costumey.