A pre-wedding honeymoon in the Sahara Desert and Marrakech was the starting point for newlywed Lyn Devon's Spring collection. "I don't travel a lot, so usually I'm imagining what a girl might want to wear in a faraway place," the designer said today in her Upper East Side studio. "This time I actually knew."
For Devon, that meant dip-dyed chiffon, textured silk made to look like sand, and henna tattoos. The body appliqués were fashioned after local pottery and created in collaboration with tattoo artist Scott Campbell (who also happens to be married to Devon's dear friend, actress Lake Bell). All that African spirit was framed in classic 1960s silhouettes. A boxy cropped jacket featured hand-painted blue stripes, and that sand-y silk came in the form of a cropped shell and high-waisted pencil skirt. The batik-printed Fez pants—pleated, wide, and cropped—were worn with a matching top; it was a pajama set, elevated.
But it was hard to call out a hero piece. That's because, season upon season, Devon creates a complete wardrobe for her imagined woman. The clothes may not be particularly editorial, but they are desirable: Devon's focus is on creating clothes women want to buy.
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