Colin LoCascio continued to draw inspiration from his family for his spring collection, particularly taking cues from a birthday gift from his godfather when he was seven years old.
“My godfather had given me a fully equipped aquarium,” said the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist. “It sparked a curiosity about fish, underwater and the unknown and that mystery, but also these super-saturated fluorescent colors and textures and surfaces. So that was the starting point for the collection.”
LoCascio combined this inspiration with his affinity for Y2K nostalgia to create a diverse collection that showcased his expertise in knitwear, denim, and floral and sequin beading, the latter being among the key pieces. LoCascio presented a series of sequined styles, including a purple beaded dress embellished with a three-dimensional dolphin, a short minidress with pink sequins and multicolored floral appliqués, and a patchwork-like fringe dress.
The dresses showcased LoCascio’s ability to take a Gen Z-oriented Y2K aesthetic and give it an upscale, not-too-trendy feel. The aesthetic was enhanced by the knitted separates, designed in bright yellow and turquoise to balance out the bolder party dresses.
“There’s just something so rich about going back to childhood with all those memories and emotions and excitement, just being young and trying to put that into clothing,” he said. “I’m a very sentimental person and a lot of those memories shape the feel of the collection.”
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