Designer Selects | Vol. 13
Anntian’s recent spring/summer collection, Flora Obscura, is a floral bomb of large, hand- painted blossoms. Berlin-based designers Anne Hilken and Christian Kurt showcased airy dresses, skirts, and throw scarves with cheery floral prints in bold colors this season. These are the pieces that instantly lighten your mood, and signal to everyone that spring is here and summer isn’t far away!
Melisa Denizeri Orley launched her eponymous swimwear line in Spring 2019, drawing inspiration from her active childhood summer vacations along Greece’s Aegean coastline. Denizeri’s collections fill the gap for chic sporty swimwear, featuring one- and two-piece suits with comfortable coverage and timeless simplicity. For her latest collection, the designer collaborated with artist Cassi Namoda to create feminine printed pieces that recall our favorite frilly suits from childhood.
Chinese-born designer Rui Zhou founded her namesake label in 2019 and celebrates the beauty of imperfection and of diverse human bodies in her cult knitwear collections. Through purposeful holes, Zhou explores how skin and fabric interact in a new way, proving that holes can actually be quite elegant. Point Nemo, the designer’s latest collection, features an oceanic color palette paired with black and white.
Beklina, the La Selva Beach boutique and in-house label of founder Angelina Rennel, has been a favorite among eco-conscious fashion lovers for more than a decade. Rennel’s original print work and exquisite color selection continuously wow us, and this season is no exception. Colors like squash and cement, as well as luscious prints on throw blankets (a melon platter print…genius!) are particularly catching our eye this spring.
Comforted by nature, inspired by design, Beklina is at the harmonious crossroads of the two. Founded in 2006, it was the first and original online “eco boutique” and they love collections by new and established designers that play with color, print and fresh contrast. Based in Northern California, founder Lina Rennell also crafts her own textiles, bags and loungewear that are not to be missed. Go behind the scenes with her as we get to know her love for the Beastie Boys and more of her favorite things.
For effortless cool, look to New York–based label PRISCAvera for inspiration. Drawing on her Roman roots, designer Prisca Vera Franchetti’s SS21 collection was shot in the Eternal City (by Francesco Nazardo), in postcard locations like the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, but also in anonymously mundane, but quintessentially Roman places like an old park with cypress trees or a marble corridor. The models are carrying laptops, taking selfies, and are styled with piles of books and office materials. Mixing the old with the new serves as an allegorical backdrop for a collection featuring a digital sunset print as a recurring motif. Keep the PRISCAvera spirit going and pair these printed pieces with old-time elegance—like a pearl necklace or silk shawl—for a look that mixes youth culture with sophistication.