14 best looks from Envision Spring 2014
Fashionistas braved the rain on Saturday night and headed to Orchestra Hall for one of the biggest fashion nights of the year: Envision. The evening showcased the work of 14 local designers, including both women's and men's apparel. From crop tops to lace, there were tons of spring trends we spotted on the runway. Here are our favorite looks from each designer.
Nick Kozel Idle Child (left) and MAI (right)
Once again, the sisters behind Idle Child (Becky Niemeyer-Larson and Ellie Niemeyer) embraced festival fashion trends in their collection this spring on the runway. From the ever-popular kimono/crop top/denim shorts combination to long and leggy lace plants with a flare, these looks would be right at home on a sunny, music-filled day in the cities.
MAI takes comfort and workout clothing to a new level each year. Designed to go from the yoga studio to drinks with friends and back home again, the looks by MAI at Envision had a distinctly athletic yet chic feel to them. Black with bright colors, duo-tone pants, and cutouts made their way into the collection, which was styled marvelously with snap-backs and gold chains, as well as an appearance by a #selfie statement bag. The models in MAI's segment looked ready to go into the sun straight off the runway.
Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler
Nick Kozel Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler (left) and MartinPatrick3 (right)
Elizabeth Geisler's spring collection brought some business-chic sophistication to the catwalk. Each of the Cocoon looks would fit right in at the office or out on the town thanks to her combinations of fabric on each piece, including elegant knit and lace paired with sleeker materials. The hands-down best office-to-happy hour look from Cocoon was a LBD with a white belt.
It's clear the folks at MartinPatrick3 are ready for summer (and so are we). Plenty of shorts made their way down the runway, along with cuffed pants and boat shoes. Nothing says summer like lots of prints, and there were many in MartinPatrick3's collection, including camo, floral, and stripes. These patterns popped on each of the outfits, which looked like they just came off a yacht and onto the catwalk.
Nick Kozel Velvet Moon (left ) and Khampian Vang (right)
Velvet Moon also took a shine to understated festival-style looks this spring with plenty of flow-y, printed kimonos. Our favorite look combined a dusty rose kimono with a beige T-shirt and floral shorts trimmed with tiny pom-poms. Judging by the number of phones that popped out during this segment, this was a hit.
Khampian Vang showed off an interesting mix of black and white as well as leather and denim throughout this spring collection. Here, Stephanie Lake Design's jewels really shined, and her chunky amethyst necklace with a gold cross pendant almost stole the show. But the outfit underneath was equally stunning: a loose crop top paired with a leather tulip skirt accented by woven geometric details down the front.