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New York Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2015: Creatures of Comfort

I had the pleasure of kicking off my New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 season with Creatures of Comfort, designed by Jade Lai (that’s her on the left, in the second picture at the bottom). Lai began Creatures of Comfort in 2005 as a Los Angeles boutique, which quickly became well known for its bright yet minimalist pieces. In 2010, Lai opened another branch in New York, and with it came an original clothing line designed by Lai herself.

Lai’s collection this season, entitled “A Wild Way Awhile,” is an ode to the intrepid female traveler: on Lai’s mood board backstage, she featured images of Meryl Streep as Karen Blixen in 1985’s Out of Africa (the film takes place in 20th century colonial Kenya, and is based on the 1937 book by Isak Dinesen, aka Karen Blixen), as well as a variety of fashionable women lounging luxuriously in summer attire in warm, earthy locales. The collection featured smooth silk linen, knits, twills and more in deconstructed, utilitarian shapes. I was especially fond of Lai’s jumpsuits, in slub cotton (especially in the powder blue) and silk linen (stunning in black). She also designed a sandal named after Blixen for the collection. The band IO Echo performed their calming electro-pop during the show.

Makeup, by Maki Ryoke with Too Faced Cosmetics and Arcona skincare for Beauty.com, was a soft-yet-sexy-yet-clean look, with a natural lip, warm pink rouged cheeks and darkened brows. Hair, by Esther Langham with Alterna Haircare and T3 Tools also for Beauty.com, looked fresh from an afternoon swim–a wet look with textured ends that is often a sign of a woman in summertime. Nails, by Alicia Torello for Zoya, featured innovative striping in beige and orange tones.

To view the collection in full, visit Style.com. For more images from backstage, all by moi, click here and see some below!

Stay tuned for more Her Campus coverage of New York Fashion Week!

Elyssa Goodman likes words and pictures a lot. She is a Style Consultant at Her Campus, was previously the publication's first Style Editor, and has been with the magazine since its inception in 2009. Elyssa graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied Professional Writing, Creative Writing, and Photography. As an undergraduate, she founded and was the editor-in-chief of The Cut, Carnegie Mellon's Music Magazine. Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elyssa now lives and works in New York City as Miss Manhattan, a freelance writer, photographer, stylist and social media consultant. Her work has appeared in Vice, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, Glamour, The New Yorker, Artforum, Bust, Bullett, Time Out New York, Nerve.com, and many other publications across the globe. Elyssa is also the photographer of the book "Awkwafina's NYC," written by Nora "Awkwafina" Lum. She loves New York punk circa 1973, old-school photobooths, macaroni and cheese, and Marilyn Monroe. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @MissManhattanNY.
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