As a designer who is known for his lush inspirations and richly storied collections, Kevan Hall lives his life on a visual safari of sorts. For Spring 2023, the designer took his sketchbook south of the border to Todos Santos, Mexico, where he found himself enthralled by the burgeoning community of local artisans that call the region home. Hall’s inspiration took final form when he checked into Hotelito, where he was surrounded by a feast of vibrant colors, textures and clean architectural lines that define the décor of the hotel. The saturated palette of persimmon, fuchsia, yellow, azure and violet, all of which are just a stone’s throw away from the crystal-clear turquoise ocean, are the final ingredients in the fashionable feast of the collection that was sent down the runway for the season.
Hall set out to create a collection that his customers can wear as they go about every aspect of their busy lives.
“These are clothes that women can wear effortlessly for a day; cotton embroidered dresses, neon brights, summer tweeds, graphic-printed georgettes are casual and chic,” said Kevan Hall. “There are also cocktail dresses and evening ensembles in textured jacquards, taffeta, silk organza, beaded laces and fringe that are at once sophisticated and sexy, providing the perfect balance for the modern woman… the woman for whom I design.”
Spring 2023 also saw the launch of a capsule handbag and belt collection, all created in Italy with the interlocked “KH” monogram logo that will be a signature of the collection going forward. The bags are made of some of the finest Italian leathers on the market, some with perforated detailing. The belts are reversible in vibrant color combinations like chartreuse/turquoise, persimmon/yellow, pink/coral and black/white for a graphic, more classic statement.
The collection all came together in a salon-style showing where models were encouraged to stop, turn, pivot and pose at a less-than-standard runway pace. The effect was at once classic and “old school” in feel, and yet wholly modern with more than one in the audience smiling with delight as the models of all ages made their way through the breezy, white space that evoked a feeling that truly complemented the inspirational roots of the collection.