Full of graphic items practically made to be mixed and matched to our heart’s content, Mission-based designer (and R29 fave) Nikki Garcia didn’t rely on any fabric outlet to provide the intricate dots, swirls, and stripes. Rather, she grabbed hold of a brush and hand-painted some of the motifs on the silky pieces herself. “I wanted to play around with the idea of mix and match suiting that felt more playful than serious. I chose to combine contrast patterns and textures like indigo-dyed prints and heavier silks that can be switched around to create lots of different looks,” says Garcia.
The results of the designer’s standout handiwork include polka-dotted jumpsuits, watercolor striped maxi dresses, and whimsical women’s suits that have us looking to book playdates just to don the fanciful duds. And continuing with her can-do attitude, Garcia decided to build the lookbooks’ rustic-cool backdrop instead of relying on a typical white-walled studio. Of course, we’re a little more than just impressed with the outcome. See what we mean by sliding through after the jump and see how getting your hands dirty can look oh-so-pretty in the end.
Photo: Courtesy of First Rite/Anthony Masters