Hillary Taymour is not, or has never been, afraid to touch upon well-being, diversity and inclusiveness. Although her career obviously resides in the fashion industry, Taymour clearly understands that fashion does not exist in a singular vacuum; unable to exclude itself from politics, social upheaval and environmental issues.
"Upon reflecting on the turmoil and heartbreak that continues to emerge in our country, I felt a need to find balance within myself and others in order to heal"
Because of this, it is no question as to why the lead designer of Collina Strada decided to offer this year’s guests a path to self awareness and self reflection through the presentation of her Spring/Summer 2019 collection.
In the midst of an excruciating heatwave plaguing New York City, Taymour presents a cool (I mean temperature) and liberating collection that draws from an ancient Tibetan practice in yoga called Sound Bath.
Even before the collection made its debut, the audience was faced with a large, all-white cloth serving as the ‘runway’, detailed with a gong, song bowls and vases in the center resembling the traditional Sound Bath environment.
In terms of the collection itself, Taymour’s use of sheer fabrics, fearlessness in nudity and diverse range of age and ethnicities in her cast launched a powerful unifying and calm energy. I understand that sounds a bit dramatic, but it seems as if the purpose of balancing the seven chakras and finding peace through Tibetan Practice led to be successful.
-Isiah S Magsino
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