Norma Kamali Spring 2024
By Emily Mercer
Spring threw Kamali a curve ball — the fabrics she picked out for the season didn’t come in. “Sometimes the universe does you a favor,” she said, finding new inspiration through a stack of her personal denim samples in the office. She photographed the stack and turned it into a collaged graphic print, as seen through a grouping of non-jean jean jackets, dresses, sleeping bag layers, and a new oversized wide, pouf-leg cargo convertible overalls (which was very cool in white vegan leather).
Her collection followed suit with more groupings of ideas, rather than a cohesive theme. First, a selection of Kamali archive nostalgia, seen through new dot-dash bodysuits and tops; playful fringed party attire; pretty, straightforward occasion dresses; a selection of garments with front and back facing elephant prints (a motif she still wears from past collections), and marbled looks in durable nylon Lycra. There were also core bodysuits and catsuits with magnetized saris (connected at the shoulder) inspired by a trip to India a few years ago, and Western garb influenced by the show “1883.”