For his latest collection of men’s and women’s apparel, San Francisco designer Bacca Da Silva inches away from the intricately-beaded, handmade pieces long associated with his label to embrace styles with simpler construction and more versatile silhouettes.
“For the spring summer 2010, we are making pieces that are a little less elaborated, less hand work,” says Da Silva, whose most complicated custom designs featuring hand-embroidered details can take up to three months to complete.
Da Silva’s aesthetic may be more streamlined than in collections past, but don’t expect the looks hanging from the racks in the Brazilian-born designer’s Sutter Street showroom starting this month to be any less bold.
For proof that print is, indeed, alive and well, look no further than the Spring 2010 collection from Serial Cultura.
The fifth collection from Oakland-based designer Jen Jennings continues the label’s love affair with bold hues and graphic prints paired with simple, flowing silhouettes. Inspired by traditional quilt patterns and optical art, Jennings’ new prints for spring abound in bright hues that can’t help but pop against the surrounding neutrals, blues and muted grays.
“I was also playing with layering of different prints. I also love color and wanted to create very graphic shapes that were very colorful and bold,” says Jennings.
While you are, of course, more than welcome to primp and preen to your heart’s content before the mirrors at the Sutter Street boutique he opened earlier this year, San Francisco-based designer Christopher Collins hopes wearers of his latest collection will need very little time gazing into their own looking glasses come spring.
“I intended for the line to be effortlessly elegant. You put it on, and it’s a look ready to walk out the door,” says Collins of his spring 2010 collection ($150-$400).
Come spring, gr.dano wants to let you down easy – or, at least, soften the landing as we emerge from winter months – courtesy of a spring 2010 collection punctuated with uncharacteristically loose, flowing pieces in crinkled parachute-like fabric alongside the structured shapes and neutral hues the San Francisco-based label from Brian Scheyer and Jill Giordano has become known for.
In creating their latest and fifth collection, Scheyer and Giordano found inspiration in the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, whose wrapped buildings and installations such as The Gates in New York City incorporate flowing fabrics in the most unexpected of ways.
During a visit to the City by the Bay last week, New York designer Yigal Azrouel made a stop at Saks Fifth Avenue for a private reception featuring fall looks for men and women and selections from his Spring 2010 collection, which includes standouts such as a grey tank with cut-out details and a black blazer and shorts ensemble with go-anywhere potential.