NOVIS Designer Takes Geometric Color-Blocking to the Next Level

NYFW_Pier_59_Studios - S 2016

NYFW_Pier_59_Studios - S 2016

Jordana Warmflash, who recently saw her creations on Portia Doubleday, went bold and bright with a dash of whimsy botanical prints.

NOVIS designer Jordana Warmflash had contrast on the brain when creating her fall 2016 collection.

The juxtapositions are evident everywhere — from the bold clashes of color to the play between delicate botanical prints and striking geometric lines. However, the line is pulled together with cohesive, structured silhouettes.

“My inspiration for the collection is Ellsworth Kelly’s paintings,” said Warmflash during her Friday morning presentation at Pier 59 Studios. And it wasn’t just the painter’s signature geometric patterns that got her mojo flowing, but his “emotional juxtaposition between his bold splashes of color and these more delicate botanical pieces.”

Bold textures, including sequins, knit fringe — even calf-hair — also added an edge to the ‘60s mod-inspired silhouettes, which included shift dresses, layered turtlenecks and kitten-height block heels.


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The sequin dress is definitely one that it would be great to see on [the red carpet],” she said of a striped calf-length number. Warmflash has already seen her designs on the likes of Taylor Swift, Samira Wiley and, most recently, Mr. Robot star Portia Doubleday at the Critics' Choice Awards.

“It was great,” said Warmflash of seeing Doubleday in her sheer embroidered creation. “Working with her stylist [Monty Jackson] was a great experience — he has an amazing eye and we worked together to figure out the undergarments appropriate for the dress and what was appropriate for Portia. It was a great collaboration.”


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