Monday Muse: Wolk Morais Blends Hollywood & The Memphis Group

Wolk Morais Spring 2018

Wolk Morais Spring 2018

Designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais took over the Roosevelt Hotel rooftop for a showing that — if they have their way — color red carpets with a Technicolor rainbow. Since taking up residence in our fair city, the designers have been creating cinematic collections that look straight off of the silver screen, but this time around, they amped up the fun that usually underlines the entire brand.

No strangers to color, the designing duo went all out with bold, saturated jewel tones. Taking inspiration from the Memphis Group, an ’80s Italian art movement that focused on bright hues and geometric shapes, Wolk and Morais sent out colorblocked shift dresses that borrowed their colors straight from furniture and art. But the WM twist? A closer inspection revealed sequin zebra panels, leopard jacquard, and tiger print.

Wolk Morais Spring 2018

Wolk Morais Spring 2018

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While the shorter dresses will get plenty of red carpet play for less formal occasions, we’re hoping that the suiting gets some time in the spotlight, too. Wolk and Morais are relaxing their tailoring, a brand signature, injecting the ho-hum suit with a much-needed dose of cool. Sleeves were slouchier and shapes were more abbreviated, adding a feminine touch to even the most masculine shapes.

“I think this post-gender thing has worked well for us. This season we nipped in the jacket and made more feminine suits for women and men,” Morais told WWD. “Last season was more masculine. Our goal was to freshen up the suit with more color ways, more feminine details.”

And as for those high-watt moments, there were floor-sweeping dresses that took inspiration from silver screen sirens and femme fatales. Six seasons in, it’s clear that the blend of art and fashion is where the two designers are finding their groove. If the brand keeps in this vein, there’s sure to be plenty to see after closets fill with these quirky-cool pieces.

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Author:Christopher Luu

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.