After stealing the show with Horse Power at Envision Fall 2015, Cory Allen brings another thoughtfully considered and powerfully developed collection to the runway this weekend. While Horse Power was a seriously stylized launching pad for Cory Allen’s design arc, this spring’s Palomino Desert is layered with meaning and portrayed with a fun and breezy levity. Inspired in part by the designer’s memories of watching Western television as a child, Palomino Desert incorporates the drama of the desert with moments of play, as any good Western should.
The broad materials of the new line will drive the strong narrative behind Palomino Desert. Carrying the bags of the collection are vegetable tanned leather straps, characterized by a technique that develops a natural patina which showcases the lifetime of the material and journey of it’s holder. Silver hats speak to the paranoia of desert culture as a playful homage to the tin-foil hat. Cory Allen also puts a new spin on material in his trademark sweaters this season. Bamboo yarns make a case for the summer sweater, with their natural UV protection, overall cooling effect on the body, and the sustainable message that is so crucial to the designer’s process.
While spring is always a good time to lighten up, Cory Allen also cites bold intention in creating powerful garments that will attract those that are unafraid to wear his brand. Fitting with the brand’s theme of allowing insecurities to shine through as strength, the wearers of Palomino Desert will channel the tough nature of all things that survive in the desert. To be topped off by a finale piece that just might be an Envision first, those attending the show on April 9 can look forward to a wild collection from Cory Allen that is worth the risk.
by Allison Shilinski