Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Beloved label Libertine made its triumphant return to New York Fashion Week after a two-year hiatus, this time designed solely by Johnson Hartig (his former partner Cindy Greene has left the label). The ebullient Hartig cited the work of Joseph Albers and post-WWI Expressionist woodblock prints as inspirations for the collection, and one could see the influence of both in the crosshatched screen prints that appeared on most of the pieces in the collection. The prints enlivened classic pieces including cardigans, pencil skirts and plaid coats, while sparkling crystals in a lace pattern adorned sophisticated black looks. Hartig’s return is sure to please old fans of Libertine, and the more grown-up approach will win him new ones.
Color: Neon brights / Hunter green / Red / Metallics / Black and white
Key Items: Screen-printed cardigan / Wool plaid coat / Metallic jacquard party dresses
Materials: Medium-weight knits / Hefty plaid or black wools for outerwear / Metallic jacquards / Chiffon / Printed silks
Print + Pattern: Crosshatch screen prints in screaming brights or white
Details + Trim: Crystal embellishments / Gathering / Attached tie necks
Accessories + Footwear: Color-blocked high-heeled oxfords / Printed silk scarves / Fingerless gloves / Black booties / Minaudieres
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