Every time I look at Norma Kamali's collection, I have just one question: WHY haven't I seen this before? Kamali's work is adventurous, unique, wearable, and often has a couture-like quality, with fascinating details you won't find in many other ready-to-wear pieces. Her swimsuits make the pages of Vogue more often than her other work. And I say: that's a shame!
Two gowns from her parachute line: the hemline can be altered by adjusting the pulls at the bottom.
No one else at happy hour will be wearing this. Beautiful draping - look at the hem.
It's all in the details. Here's an Oscar-worthy mesh gown:
The same fabric figured into a STUNNING swimsuit. Kamali takes the swimsuit to a new level; many of her collections feature swimwear worked in the same style as other pieces, as if a swimsuit was another skirt, dress, pant... it's a refreshing perspective, and the results are gorgeous.
Here's another swim look, this one paired with a jacket from Kamali's parachute line (same as the white gowns above).
Back of the jacket. Beautiful details.
A skirt covered in studs. It's biker chic you could wear to the office or cocktail hour.
A feather dress: the stuff dreams are made of.
Silk that flows like liquid: timeless.
The classic LBD with a twist: the trim? Safety pins. I REALLY want this dress! It can do office, parties... such an amazing piece.
Kamali also has an inventive (and under $20!) line for Walmart, which I've written about before. Check her out!
All images, Norma Kamali.