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Harare Spring 2015


If it’s one thing that can bring an entire city to it’s knees, it’s NYC humidity. If you’ve experienced this tropical cloud pass, you know what I’m talking about. We arrived at the Highline Hotel yesterday in the midst of this heat and found it’s green courtyards to be a gentle reprieve from the dense exhaust of city air. We were here for Harare’s SS15 collection, set in the 19th century halls of this former Theological Seminary. It began to rain and the courtyard emptied and guests  were ushered upstairs to the second floor.  We entered a domed hall with stained glass, golden chandeliers and verdant flora. It was the perfect set up. It was exactly like stepping into a Rousseau painting. The collection is a nod to the nomadic Berber people of Northern Africa. The designer wanted to express the intimate relationship between the wandering nomad and the landscape. The desert, as they say, is their sky and they can feel its changes. The clothes were imaginative in pattern, as always, and the draping dramatic and fluid, both haphazard and deliberate. There is a kind of wild refinement about this designer that is very pleasing. A beautiful deep v cut caftan appeared in tones of rose and nude with gold spangling trailing in the back. Intricate hand embroidery in magenta, mustard, lime and burgundy created a story for these people through the eyes and imagination of the designer. She was drawing a story with her collection, giving homage to the ancient wanderer but collecting the spirit here, in this majestic hall. — Jeanie Kwak



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Harare Fall 2014


Harare_2 harare_3The controlled chaos and riotous colors of abstract expressionism was present in Harare’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection.
Harare is the namesake of Australian educated, but New York based designer Caroline Fuss.
Drawing upon the works of American artists such as Frankenthaler, Diebenkorn and Rothko, we see a young designer who successfully translates the post war color palette, turning the dial from deep, optimistic blues to a fresh, aquatic teal and yellows that glow from marigold to California sun. We saw nubby, textured wools and quiet pleats, while geometric patterns scattered energetically across coats and fitted trousers.
The feel and mood was still sophisticated with a Native American touch. The collection was cohesive and thoughtful, rounding out a “canvas” of rich colors and textures. – Jeanie Kwak.
Photos by Charles Gigante