The spring/summer 2013 collection of Joanna Mastroianni was a pure study in dichotomy. While the designer’s use of large-scale floral patterns was an obvious nod to her own garden, her use of color blocking, graphic shapes and simple silhouettes were a nod to the Mod era.
While neon pink, cadmium yellow and bright green consistently showed up throughout the collection, the viewer never knew what to expect. Would the design be a two-piece suit where both pieces were covered with a bold floral print? Maybe it would it be a shift dress with an overlay of similarly colored textured diamonds. Or, quite possibly a sleek kimono sleeved top with a chunky necklace or even a simple a-line frock with an elbow-length poncho covered in metallic tassels.
It was easy to appreciate the work that went into making a collection that was so well thought-out that it was at once divergent and complementary. Even better was that though the collection was interesting together, each individual piece stood alone as an alluring work of art.
[Photo Credit: Paige Burkham]