In an earlier fall 2013 review I mentioned that American Sportswear isn’t always about innovation, that we enjoy a reverence for classicism and simplicity. I stand by the statement, but feel the need to expand upon it after seeing Joanna Mastroianni’s collection. While you don’t need innovation per se, it’s certainly a welcome respite to see it. And Mastroianni delivered.
Standard elements in the looks were beading, sheer chiffon, animal print textures, metallic fabrics, and feather embellishment. No doubt, you’ve seen all this before. Yet here they were again in beautiful, wearable ways that felt fresh. Whether it was through her use of color, pattern or cut, these looks were entirely new. Mastroianni’s woman is chic, sexy, and yet doesn’t shy away from color or femininity. She is essentially the type of woman we all want to be.
I do, however, have one critique. The tubular, tufted embellishments on a few of the dresses reminded me of a matte string of tinsel around a Christmas tree. Added to crew necklines and in some cases in horizontal stripes around the base of a frock, it looked a bit too sweet. Otherwise, this was a solid A collection with looks that can easily span across a variety of aesthetics and ages.