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AFRICAN ECCENTRIC

New York: Designer Max Osterweis lists American interiors of the late 1960s, the paintings of Gustav Klimt, and the African textiles that he has become known for as the myriad inspirations behind Suno’s newest looks. Each of the pieces that made up the collection is one of a kind, and cut from the many Kenyan fabrics that the designer has collected over the years. While the designer’s materials are sourced and produced in Kenya (fair trade,) the garment’s patterns are made in the U.S.A. This season, Osterweis worked large-scale zigzags with small speckled motifs with diamonds with plaid, and so on. He juxtaposed flannel with velvet, and cotton batiks with practically everything. Quirky hairstyles complemented the bold prints and exaggerated silhouettes, making the models look whimsical — almost like Dr. Seuss characters. The clothing was fun to look at, and looked like it would be even more fun to wear. Opening Ceremony, which carries Suno, can thank Max Osterweis for the herds of eclectic, eccentric, girly young women that they are sure to count as customers, come fall.

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