Bronx and Banco Spring 2022

If there were any sign that women are looking past COVID-19 and beginning to travel again, it would be the spring 2022 runway collection from Bronx and Banco. From the lens of Russian-born, Australian-raised founder and creative director Natalie De-Banco, the brand showed 40+ looks in jaunt-friendly tones of sand, olive, rust, and teal. If the color palette doesn’t bring tropical destinations to mind, then the bare midriffs, thigh high cuts, and intricate cross-body weaving elements may do the trick.

This Bronx and Banco collection is made for the woman who loves her body and has no qualms showing it. From dresses with woven peekaboo flashes of skin, to low slung dresses that reveal the hipbone, to fabric that seems to be draped and held in place only by bamboo hoops, many of the looks are necessarily void of VPLs (visible panty lines). These are the most daring (and arguably most fun) pieces of the season, and will garner many a double take.

But to offer range and balance, De-Banco also showed creations that are more reserved, but just as sexy. Bohemian dresses with high front hems and long trains provide a fun and flirty look with a little dramatic flair. High-waisted pants coupled with bra and bandeau tops are great for a night out. And an ankle-length, one-shoulder dress made of sheer and opaque sand-colored bands of fabric is the perfect compromise of sexy and subdued.

But one would be remiss if they did not take note of the accessories. A brimmed hat is a necessity on any sunny travel excursion, and the sombreros displayed on this runway are as functional and they are fashionable. The shoes were of an open knotted leather pattern on the vamp, accentuated by long leather straps that snaked up the leg and wrapped around the thigh. But the standouts were the hessian bags. Ranging from medium-sized clutches to oversized carry-alls marked with locales such as St Tropez and Tulum, the bags bring a bit of vacation to you, even if you cannot bring yourself to travel just yet.

Overall, this collection is about destination—where we want to go in our travels or in our minds. With dresses made of seashells, jute, or with shimmering fringe, the message is that you must get up and get out. And as iconic fashion editor Diana Vreeland famously said, “the eye must travel.”

—Carl Ayers

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