June 09, 2014 New York
Clover Canyon is a brand that has been singularly driven by vibrant digital prints, so it has always come as a surprise that designer Rozae Nichols abstains from color and pattern when it comes to her own wardrobe. But as Nichols sees it, her minimalist personal style provides a blank canvas for ideas so she can focus on the next collection. For Resort, Nichols turned her attention to South America's rich visual atmosphere. This inspiration brought about an explosion of kaleidoscopic florals and exotic feathers, found on fit-and-flare neoprene frocks and breezy jumpsuits ideal for a poolside party at Coachella. The statement-making graphics were a lot to process in those full-on looks; they felt a bit fresher broken up into separates such as playful polos, draped sarong pants, and off-the-shoulder crop tops that channeled The Girl From Ipanema. But the real news this season was Clover Canyon's new printing techniques. The vivid motifs had added interest when reinterpreted onto shimmery sequins or a fluttery eyelash fabric. Elsewhere, Nichols continued to explore different textures with embroidered organza tops and laser-cut scuba separates that came in a range of pretty—gasp!—solids. Another clever development was a series of patterned pieces that reversed to basic stripes, giving CC's contemporary customer more bang for her buck.