Sandra Weil is often inspired by nature. For fall 2022, she looked at a tree with a funny name, the Pseudobombax, which explodes into small bright pink flowers when it blossoms.
The starting point for the Peruvian designer, as she described it, was the journey “from the seed to the flower… from the earth to the cosmos.” The first batch of looks featured unfinished hems, raw fabrics like recycled denim, and earthy colors as a nod to the ordinary world, to the beginning, to the seed. Then came her prints. In vivid shades of satin and taffeta, they were a visual metaphor for the big bang that eventually gives way to earth’s flowering. Brightness was the common thread of the collection, present even in accessories woven with Peruvian alpaca, including the gloves and socks that accompanied almost all the looks.
Weil’s popular bustiers and party dresses also made appearances, but it was in her exploration of tailoring where things got more interesting. Braided details enriched what could have been a basic blouse, pleats added interest to a deconstructed blazer, and trousers featured unique cuts at the waist. With this collection, Weil concluded a trilogy of self-expression; it’s clear that she’s blossomed.