Mother of Pearl
June 24, 2014 New York
Mother of Pearl-ites Amy Powney and Maia Norman are taking a new tack for their pre-collections, dispensing with the artist collaborations the label is known for and focusing instead on the underlying brand vocabulary. Thus, the signature MoP shapes were all present and accounted for here—the silk track pants, the boyish button-down, the racer-back tank. And more. Powney and Norman's reinterpretations of their classics were typically slick; there were nice piping details, playful flourishes of embroidery, and lots of well-executed and eye-catching florals, frequently found in artful juxtaposition to one another. MoP fans will have no complaints with these pieces. That said, if Powney and Norman are going to be using their pre-collections for exclusively in-house creative development—which seems like a good idea, by the way—it would be nice to see them take the opportunity to experiment with a few new silhouettes. Maybe even an update to the Mother of Pearl attitude.