Clover Canyon – Pre Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear
Rozae Nichols knows her way around a good time, sartorially speaking. For Clover Canyon’s Resort collection, Nichols tapped into the “ridiculous color and joyfulness” of Long Beach seaside amusement park The Pike. She turned out a vivid homage to California poppies, printing them atop rows of sequins on tops and a shift. Nautical themes came to life in marinière stripes; eyelet detailing; and a pair of toffee-colored, cropped sailor pants. The Pike exists here through the lens of Nichols’ idyllic childhood trips, so there was a strong and nostalgic ’60s thread, palpable in a pretty jacquard shift and the collection’s hero silhouette, an A-line mini and tie-waist halter. Nichols’ fun fair fodder lent these clothes a young spirit, but some of her more jolie laide color combos saved the outing from a turn to the saccharine. Case in point: a mod shift, color-blocked in tawny microsuede and forest green patent—sweet but sophisticated.