May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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New York: Members of the new class of the prestigious CFDA Fashion Incubator, Maayan Zilberman and Nikki Dekker of The Lake & Stars delivered their most ambitious, fully realized collection to date. The spring outing was inspired by Mexico – not exactly a new idea, but one that looked fresh in the pair’s deft hands. Using photographs of Mexico City in the 50s and in its current day as a starting point, the duo balanced their signature retro silhouettes with provocative mesh insets, bondage-y strap details and jewelry-like hardware designed by Anndra Neen. Desert vistas came alive in laces streaked with sand dune-like patterns, while fishnets and microfibers depicted amphibious textures. Clay-like nude shades evoked Mexico’s historic pueblos, and burnished metallics and punchy oranges conjured its sultry sunsets. The designers also ventured further into ready-to-wear with silky separates that could work for day, night, inside or out. – Nivara Xaykao
Silhouette: Cinched-in and prim foundationwear / Loose and languid loungewear
Color: Poppy red / Gold / Coral / Bronze / Sand
Key Items: High-waisted brief / Blouson teddy / Day-to-night blouse / “Cage” bralette / Double-bra bustier / Surplice-bust bodysuit and maillot
Materials: Pleated lamé / Mesh / Washed silk
Prints + Patterns: Desert landscape-patterned lace / Aztec cotton embroideries / Amphibian scale-patterned fishnet and micro
Details + Trim: Custom hardware by jewelry designers Anndra Neen
Accessories + Footwear: Red ankle socks
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