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The Schmooze

Gauzy Pastels Anchored An Excellent Mansur Gavriel Spring Collection

Designer: Mansur Gavriel
Date: Sunday, February 11, 2018
Location: Spring Studios
Jewish? C’mon, did Gavriel not give it away? We are 90% positive that Floriana Gavriel and Rachel Mansur are both Jewish.

Unlike other shows reviewed here, Mansur Gavriel presented a spring collection — in other words, this was a see-now-buy-now affair, which is just another way of saying that, in about a month or so, the clothes you see here will be available to purchase at your local Saks.

This is the second ready-to-wear show for the accessories brand, and the designers have already honed in on their brand identity: pretty, soft, minimalist.

And this season, as if nodding to the way spring starts belatedly in New York, with a haze of downpours (incidentally, it was raining cats and dogs before and after the show) that slowly sprouts into a vibrant kaleidoscope of vegetation, the collection was filled with silks that ranged from pellucid whites to filmy greens.

Even through this muted palette, freshness was found in the pairings: Peach and lilac converged in the unconventional layering of a squared, oversized short sleeve button-down over a long sleeve button down, and in an open, button-down dress and lounge-y top and pants. The dresses were sweet, feminine and simple. There was not a drop of fussiness or frou frou, as the designers stuck to what they know — uncomplicated, practical pieces in covetable cuts and colors.

And just as the beauty and serenity of spring does finally emerge, the final look was vibrant and intense: a fire engine red sundress. It’s the color of love, it’s the color of emotion, but, most importantly, it’s the color of the brand, as it solidifies its place as an important part of the New York Fashion Week lineup.

Michelle Honig is the style writer at the Forward. Contact her at honig@forward.com. Find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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