On the Runway

Jacqueline Conoir Spring/Summer 2011

Photo by Peter Jensen

Photo by Peter Jensen

Photo by Peter Jensen

Photo by Peter Jensen

Photo by Peter Jensen

Photo by Peter Jensen

Just one year away from her silver anniversary of 25 years in the biz, Rozemerie Cuevas presented, as always, a well-thought out collection of easy to wear pieces for Jacqueline Conoir. During her career, Cuevas has been able to capture a west coast sensibility that permeates her collections season after season – an effortless urban look for the woman that transitions easily from work to relaxing with friends on a moment’s notice. Work time wear was peppered throughout in classic 3-piece suits, pencil skirts, and body conscious sheath dresses (much like the one that Jennifer Aniston once made famous) but as Cuevas herself pointed out, summer is less about the tailored pieces and more about volume, comfort, and fabulous shapes. An easy grouping of basic mini dresses in beige or black opened the show with details like bat-wing attached capes, exposed, top-stitched pockets, and cowl draped sleeves, details which were picked up throughout the entire show. These flowed into a dip-dyed group of silk blends in cream, charcoal and warm browns with the same theme of billowing, flowing shapes. The palette in general was dusty and muted with creams, heather pinks, browny-purples, beige, traditional colors with an extra hint of warmth to push the envelope beyond the expected. Featured shapes like a boho-inspired mini with a twisted bubble skirt and deep v-neck blousey top made an appearance in both a multi-coloured print of pink/brown/blue as well as a cream version with a criss-cross pattern in black and brownish pink. Several shapes appeared in various fabrics and prints making it easy to pick a favourite to buy in every colour or pattern, be it faux suede or a paint splattered print. The show closed with Cuevas’s trademark gorgeous, flowing silk gowns which this year have been cut in limited edition prints from Italy.