Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear
September 10, 2012 New York
Maybe it's because she just got back from the Philippines (one of her monthly trips), but Josie Natori decided to carry her Resort inspiration into Spring. From head to toe every aspect of the collection riffed on the designer's home country. The models wore colorful orchids in their hair because that was Natori's favorite flower growing up, and the shoes, which Natori was designing for the first time this season, were modeled on the wooden clogs called bakya that are worn in the fields. The clothes were an equally true testament to the tropical islands. Lightweight, linenlike blouses in silk and pina, a fabric derived from pineapples, were paired with wide-leg trousers. Some of the pants were embellished with sequins; others were digitally printed with bright colors and tribal patterns. A new element for Natori was pattern play. She mixed the orange and lime green lattice design on a modern sarong with that of a floral wrap shirt, and topped it off with a leather bolero. All of the colors were pleasant, but the pieces with the most appeal were stark white—a cotton shirt with embroidered appliqués and a laser-cut A-line skirt—both of which were handmade in the Philippines.