Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez took their runway bows in coordinated denim ensembles, an apt ending to their Southwest-inspired mash-up. A dizzying array of digitized Navajo blanket patterns walked the runway, recalling treasured trinkets collected on family drives through Arizona and New Mexico. But this was no cursory romp through a litany of cowboy motifs, but a compelling ode to pre-Columbian craftsmanship.
Colors came in shades of earth and sky, bleeding into charcoal black on dresses with elongating, no-fuss silhouettes, accessorized with deco-yet-tribal chunky necklaces and strappy sandals. Bulkier wools, more typical of Native American design, were luxed up with velvet, supple suede and lavish leathers, along with elegant perforated silks.
The Native American-meets-New Yorker collection delivered a much-needed departure from the monochromatic palette so many in the Northeast have grown accustomed to during this long, cold, interminable winter. It was refreshing, even thrilling, to see the mixing and matching of vibrant and geometric traditional Navajo textiles in the kitsch-couture jaunt.