NYFW (or, how the Minimalist went to the beach and wore quite a bit of black)

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

It is true that I look for what I like, I look to find support in what I believe to be beautiful and important. Every designer I have ever met does this: with the release of the new collections, we lose our minds over all of the confirmations we get that prove our fashion clairvoyance. It's very fun, this game. A color, a silhouette, a detail that we have been feeling for months now- that sleeve, the neck line, et cetera. Designers have this sixth sense, though. These feelers. These invisible and sensitive tentacles that connects us to what is happening around us, and somehow synthesize all of the data into the design. I would say that the pieces are not simply what they obviously are (a blouse, a jacket)- each piece is a translated set of ideas, influenced by this particular moment that we all happen to be living in, with the subtext of a longer history hidden in the fibers. The past + the present = the future.

There are many statements that designers are making at NYFW. One of the most important, I think, is how brands are showing pieces on a beautiful and wide-ranging array of models and body-types. Whoopi Goldberg at Opening Ceremony. T.S.S survivor Lauren Wasser (who lost her leg) at Chromat. It feels very modern, supportive, and accepting to show these collections in a way that represents the customer in a real way.  

The trend that MANTA is very excited about is how designers are taking their spring looks to the beach in a minimalist way. At Manta, we live in our Swim Noir style in the water, on the beach, and on the street. It appears that there will be plenty of opportunity to explore the boundaries of this next season. Get ready for modern relaxed style, innovative draping, and articulate angles coming for Spring 2017!

Here are a few of our favorite looks, so far. 


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Janeane Marie