The Ms. Fabulous team hung out behind the scenes of the Byron Lars Spring 2015 look book shoots to drool over his latest collection. The designer has had a notable 2014. He presented his spring 2015 collection at Harlem Fashion Row while also receiving the Fashion Designer of the Year award. Earlier in May, he was also honored with the Pratt Institute’s Fashion Visionary Award. In chatting with Byron though, he is too humble to let it affect his ego or approach to work (he was even reluctant to let his proud team congratulate him online).
For spring 2015, Byron Lars made a conscientious decision to create a collection with more casual, easy pieces. He actually cites his recent work with HSN in helping him understand how he could design more every day clothes for all shapes that are still interesting. That certainly doesn’t mean you should expect shapeless blocks on a hanger from him. Even more relaxed items, like tunics and shirts have exquisite details and textured fabrics. He certainly knows how to create a structured diva outfit for a posh luncheon or red carpet. Now he dresses the diva who can lounge on her couch as well.
The color palette for much of the collection was a season less black, white and neutral pumice. There were accent colors like cantaloupe and amethyst purple. There were embellished pieces like the Guatemalan inspired lace blouses embroidered with tiny worry dolls or the intricately textured jacket in native textiles. I am honored to hear that Byron was inspired by some of my travel photos for those pieces (which were my favorites). Lace appliques on lace were a pretty combination along with layered laser-cut details on everything from georgette to vegan leather. A beautiful nature art print and fabrics like multi-colored confetti on black allow those of us who stick to our Gotham wardrobe colors to add some ‘pop’.
I am so excited for spring to come around so I can start working these Byron Lars pieces into my wardrobe. Yay 2015!
Photos by Mariana Leung
|Byron Lars Spring 2015 - Harlem Fashion Row|