Mara Hoffman: Dramatic Desert Queens with Veils and Turbans

The designer traversed the tropics to the desert, with a sensual selection of tribal prints and embellished maxi dresses that proved just as intriguing from the back as they did from the front.

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The designer traversed the tropics to the desert, with a sensual selection of tribal prints and embellished maxi dresses that proved just as intriguing from the back as they did from the front. This form-fitting, zebra-printed gown with a hood has a wildly sophisticated feel.
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The alternative view of the zebra dress, showing off the back, adds an even greater degree of drama to the piece.
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This coat gets its luxury from a long hemline and coral stripes just bright enough to be a surprise in colder temperatures.
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When the sun goes down in the desert, the breezes grow brisk and a chunky knit sweater-coat does just the trick. The fringe trim was a particular thrill.
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Trousers were loosely draped and tapered, while an over-sized silk blouse took on a geometric print. All of it, of course, was topped off with a turban.
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A black maxi with crochet detailing packed the type of relaxed sex appeal that felt decidedly '70s.
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The details of some of the dresses were pretty spectacular, from elegant cut-outs and veils to tiers of tassels along the scooped back of a wildly printed mini-and-leggings combo.
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The abundance of tassels actually made us wish that Hoffman had put on a runway show, just so we could see the pieces move.
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Hoffman has an uncanny ability to create commanding silhouettes, like a muted, filmy silk caftan that might be worn with bare feet in a sprawling Alexandrian villa.
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Hoffman's signature fiery color palette was out in full force, on her trademark bohemian cocktail frocks with inventive details for the latest season.
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