Horacio Nieto’s Spring 2010 collections of menswear and womenswear draws inspiration from the past and future, creating two distinct lines that are cohesive on their own, and interestingly complementary together. An infrequent user of pattern, Nieto prefers to communicate his vision through silhouette and broad strokes of color, as exhibited during his fashion show on October 23.
Arlo, the menswear line, focuses on futuristic textures and minimalist cuts in two contrasting palettes. One an array of neutrals and pastels: tender shades of lilac, innocuous khaki, delicate yellow, cornflower blue; the other hailing from a futuristic colony of fashion-minded folk: sleek black and silver pieces, shiny vinyl shoes and eyewear that resembles chem-lab safety glasses in shades of yellow and orange.
A model clad in an open gray coat over a lilac top saunters past, looking like a lab assistant who works at Lacoste. Another outfit consists of a pink military-inspired vest over a fitted black shirt and clean-cut white shorts.
The womenswear collection marks a definite shift in style, texture and color. Inspired by Amazon tribes, the hues are vibrant and modern. Citron, yellow, neutrals, gold and greens dominate, with splashes of fuchsia and teal. The silhouettes and cutouts have more movement and are a departure from the men’s streamlined, form-fitting pieces. Hair is big and teased out in voluminous up-dos or wrapped around pieces of fabric, while the similarly less restrained eye makeup is sultry and earth-toned. (Emily Torem)