Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
February 15, 2016
Some designers waver back and forth with their “look” from season to season. Not Ulla Johnson. The designer has always stayed true to her unique bohemian aesthetic—and her new collection proves that boho certainly isn’t dead. “Rock and roll extravagance with a soft hand,” is the elevator pitch she gave me. The first thing I noticed about Johnson’s presentation was the beautiful colors. There was a tiered ruffle silk blouse and matching prairie skirt that came in vivid goldenrod; and a whisper-light, floor-length floral dress in deep plum. “It was a weaving of textures to become a living tapestry,” said Johnson. Highlights included a shaggy ivory embroidered shearling, mustard-yellow velvet suspenders, and loopy patchwork sweaters hand knit in Uruguay (the artisans sign their name on a tag inside).
Johnson envisions her looks from head-to-toe, and told me her top retailers like Barneys buy into the full package including her shoes, which really complete the vision. This season’s key styles were chic ankle-wrap midi heels and tapestry Victorian lace-up boots all made in Peru.