Runway Rock: Mara Hoffman's Willie Nelson Playlist
The designer's spring 2016 muse also inspired the models' braids.
Mara Hoffman’s collections are always uplifting, full of vivid colors, prints and flirty, youthful details and silhouettes. And knowing her predilection for rainbows and unicorns and all things happy, it wasn’t surprising to see that her spring 2016 show would be set against a blue sky and white puffy cloud backdrop.
But it wasn’t clear just how uplifting the show would be until the first notes of Willie Nelson singing the Ella Fitzgerald classic "Blue Skies" came trickling out of the speakers. Along with his heartwarming voice came a train of models wearing Nelson's iconic long pigtail braids, dressed first in several iterations of a blue-sky-and-white-clouds print and then rainbow stripes.
Next up was Nelson’s "Blackjack County Chains," which went along with richly hued, Hawaiian-inspired caftans, cut-out dresses and jumpsuits. Throughout the show, each of the models also wore a matching bandana à la Nelson, of course.
The mood changed a bit as Nelson sang "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" and a model walked out in a monochromatic pale pink suit with bolo tie. More pastels and then whites followed, before segueing into a bit of denim and a more country attitude with him crooning another favorite: "Me And Bobby McGee."
The end of the show — which featured more subtle prints, summery maxis and a white star-embroidered section — was accompanied by another fine tune, "Stardust." As Hoffman clearly knows, Nelson is a guaranteed good time.
Check out the soundtrack to Hoffman's show, below.