Inspired by mid-century California artists and architects—from Dan Flavin to the Eameses—Clover Canyon
designer Rozae Nichols went linear for Spring, favoring clean lines and a longer silhouette to showcase her signature prints. The influence of Flavin's fluorescent tubing could be seen in the palette of muted brights and in the futuristic, symmetrical print that divided a close-fitting, sleeveless dress. In desert oranges, yellows, and reds, with a patch of pale blue at the collarbone, it was what an avid reader of 1950s science fiction might imagine Mars to look like. More easily identifiable were the architectural blueprints (borrowed from a friend's firm) screen-printed onto linen. Too specific a reference? Maybe, but there's a stylish docent out there who's been waiting for a decent floor-plan skirt for years. Translucent organza apron skirts worn over neoprene mini-shorts were crafty and cool; depending on how you wear them, they could even be a little kinky. A Clover Canyon print is nothing to be messed with, but these pieces weren't aggressively in-your-face like other graphic-heavy labels out there. In other words: a little more California, a little less New York.