Kevan Hall’s SS2023 collection draws on the colors of Mexico in American silhouettes
Dorothy Crouch, Contributing Editor | Thursday, September 29, 2022
All roads lead to a friend in Mexico for the Kevan Hall Spring/Summer 2023 Hotelito collection, which is inspired by the life of interior designer Jenny Armit and her inviting refuge in the artist enclave Todos Santos, Mexico. Mexico. While visiting the boutique Hotelito d’Armit, Hall was struck by the colorful features of the property – on its structures, among its flora, and how the hues changed with the position of the sun throughout. throughout the day.
“There is auchsie wall with cacti running along the bottom. There is a lime green wall and different shades of green walls. And [persimmon] orange walls. And walls of lavender. Each wall could be the side of one of the cottages or just a wall that houses a pool,” Hall said. “When I drove onto the property it was a feast for the eyes – all those spectacular colors bathing in the Mexican sunlight.”
Although this frame provided the color scheme for Hall’s collection, which was recently shown at New York Fashion Week, Armit’s life story inspired many of the silhouettes Hall would feature in Hotelito. The friends discussed Armit’s life, from her childhood in Britain during the cultural changes of the 1960s and 1970s to her vocation as an interior designer with a global audience. Eventually, Armit opened the property in Mexico where guests enjoy beautifully appointed rooms and luxurious amenities, but also mingle with the rescue animals that live on the grounds. Each of these experiences informed Hall’s collection.
“[Armit] told me about his youth in England in the 60s and 70s and all his nice English friends. I thought of her in miniskirts and hot pants and later in life, in her middle years, as a super chic and very successful interior designer doing huge projects all over the world,” said Lobby. “Now she has settled in this small village where she enjoys welcoming guests to her warm and welcoming hotel, caring for her animals and quietly doing philanthropic work to support the underserved community.”
While Hall achieved its signature elegance with the Hotelito collection, the designer also chose bold expressions of bright colors that make each room stand out. These colors define Hall’s collection as he incorporated the bright colors of the property into solid pieces in alluring combinations such as coral lining to complement hot pink or azure blue paired with cerulean lining. Fabrications in the collection include Donegal tweed but with intense neon patches of color threaded on to update the sheath dress and the suit featuring distressed fringed hot pants in place of the traditional trouser.
Cottons were embroidered and cut to resemble the look of lace for shirts. Stacked sequins gave elegant looks in a strapless mini cocktail dress in saturated khaki and a yellow jumpsuit with cargo pockets, which was a utilitarian feature that Hall applied to a number of pieces, including party dresses . Hall’s final piece featured bugle bead fringe in all of the collection’s vibrant colors on a cerulean halter dress.
In this collection, Hall also incorporated elements of the American classics for which he is known. Many of these elements have become iconic features of Hall’s time designing for his eponymous brand and of his time as creative director at Halston.
“There are some things that I love and put in this collection that speak to American sportswear. One of the pieces is an organza trench coat, which I have done many, many times. -coat over an evening dress in two seconds, and I love doing it in taffeta. I love doing it in satin. I do it in everything,” Hall noted. “This time I did it in organza , which I had done probably 25 years ago when I was at Halston as a manager there.
This collection also served as Hall’s debut for a capsule collection of handbags and belts featuring Italian leather and a KH logo. Bags feature perforated detailing, while reversible belts played a major role on the show with color combinations including chartreuse and turquoise, khaki and yellow, pink and coral, and black and white.
While Hall sought to design an alluring collection, he also wanted it to exude a sense of sophistication. The collection not only nodded to Armit at every stage of her life, but also offered women of all ages and sizes the opportunity to feel empowered and unafraid to take risks with bold colors. of the collection, which Hall hopes evoke joy.
“What I really like about this collection is that every stage of life can find something to match their style. It will appeal to a girl who wants to go out partying and have a good time with something freaky and sexy thing. And it’s going to speak to this very classy woman who goes to board meetings, does charity work and wants to look polished in the afternoon until dinner,” said Hall. “Then it’s going to turn to this woman who has a very active social life where she goes to a lot of dinners and galas and parties, and that takes us down the red carpet.”