Since launching her ready-to-wear line, Novis
(a tribute to her grandmother's maiden name), two years ago, Jordana Warmflash has become recognized for her clever, original prints and retro-inspired silhouettes. The emerging designer, who cut her teeth at Zac Posen and Alice + Olivia, was recently announced as one of this year's Ecco Domani winners, which produced a palpable buzz surrounding her Fall presentation. This season, Warmflash was inspired by Bauhaus artist Paul Klee, and she reinterpreted his expressionist paintings in a variety of ways. Subtly nodding to Klee's cubism, Warmflash showed graphic, blocked plaid pieces including knee-grazing culottes, swingy topcoats, and a sporty bomber jacket with rubberized tweed sleeves. She continued to explore Klee's works with a pretty watercolor landscape print featured on fit-and-flare frocks and miniskirts, and also incorporated the motif into a vibrant, intarsia jacquard sweater. Elsewhere, Warmflash embroidered geometric-shaped appliqués onto evening looks including a nude organza gown and a matching navy ball skirt, which looked modern paired with a cableknit crewneck. All in all, Warmflash's latest lineup suggested she is on the right path, and will continue to develop her vision in the future.