CLOVER CANYON AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR NEW YORK
Fall felt a little moodier for Clover Canyon. Designer Rozae Nichols was looking at the Brontë sisters, Art Nouveau prints, Edwardians, and just a hint of the Haight. Where her prints often lean acid-hued, explosive, and unchecked, here they swirled smokily against dark backdrops. Tapestry was a major influence and played out in the flourishy elements, while silhouettes leaned toward the decidedly feminine. Think skater dresses; little ruffled jackets (those Edwardians again); and drapey, bell-sleeved boho numbers. Flare cuffs came embellished with intricate, laser-cut Nouveau prints or delicate florals. Nichols went hard with the ruffles, on tops and trousers and even as a faux-leather trim on a Polarfleece scarf—a material that the designer effused over as one of her personal favorites. That particular detail may be a harder sell for her more mature customer. The flares, in a rib-knit and a great striped tropical wool, though, are sure to find a broad fan base.