NEW YORK — After years of creating toned-down clothing with a minimal architectural look, Angel Sanchez has returned to his Latin roots.
The Venezuelan-born designer aims at a different direction for spring 2016 with a wildly colorful collection featuring polka dot textiles, hand-cut leather flowers and stylized hibiscus prints.
After opening with a white silk dress belted at the waist, Sanchez features a vibrant palette of citrus-green, lemon yellow, fuchsia and orange in dresses that flare out at the waist or are cut close to the body, sleeveless jumpsuits with tapered legs — there a lots of jumpsuits in this collection, including one with flower appliqués on an illusion sleeve — and voluminous evening gowns.
Sanchez calls the collection “Tropical Couture” and it certainly has a verdant feeling.
However, he hasn't gone away from this architectural roots entirely. Even with all the color and embellishment, including futuristic flower-adorned Plexiglass breastplates, jeweled belts and sparkly flowers, the cut of many looks retained the architectural feel, with V-neck cutouts, draped fabric and asymmetrical bodices. And some of his strongest pieces are in stark black or white, which really stand out amid the riot of color.
Sanchez also exhibits a playful attitude with accessories, pairing floral adorned shoes in neon shades with contrasting garments — like sunshine yellow shoes with a strapless black gown or bright red pumps with a drop-waist dress in lime green.
Houstonians will get to see the collection up-close on November 18 at Heart of Fashion, where he will open the first night, along with Cushine Et Ochs, Norisol Ferrari and the presentation of the first Texas Legacy Award to legendary model Carmen dell’Orefice from designer Ralph Rucci.
Sanchez will also make an appearance at Elizabeth Anthony on November 19.