It’s no secret—we’re huge fans of Victor Alfaro. His modern, polished, and sensual approach to design has won us over, along with droves of industry insiders. So when he sent his Spring ’16 collection down the runway—his fourth collection since returning after a 15-year sabbatical from fashion—we held our breath to find out which of his pieces the stylish set would be vying to scoop up this season. The collective answer: all of them!
With sumptuous fabrics, immaculate detailing, body-skimming cuts, and updates to his signature knits, Alfaro demonstrated that he was charging full steam ahead in making his name synonymous with subtle luxury. We caught up with the designer for a bit of insight into the creation of his latest showing and the pop art inspiration behind it. Read on for an inside look at the collection, then head to Barneys to snatch up a piece or two before they’re gone.
The Window: What was the point of inspiration for the SS16 collection?
Victor Alfaro: Every piece needed to have an ease and a sense of comfort to the shape and fabric—naturally that is the beginning. This, to me, is what creates luxury, not how much something costs.
Do you have a personal favorite piece from this collection?
I love the double-faced yellow vest! This has become the piece that lends the mood to all the other pieces we put together.
We see some colors from you this season that we haven’t seen before. How did you land on the shades that walked the runway?
I was inspired by Ellsworth Kelly and his bold, graphic sense of color. The yellow is something I picked up from seeing one of his pieces. The rest were just balanced off this first idea—lots of black and lots of knitwear and lace.
In the past, you’ve shown prints that you’d personally painted, but this season leaned more toward color-blocking. What inspired the shift?
I have not been into prints lately, and have not painted anything in a while—since I have so many collections to do, it just hasn’t been happening. I found that I am leaning into a very clean, streamlined way of working, so I try to work instead in the silhouettes and colors. I really try to have very little fuss in the clothes. I think this is the right direction and is definitely resonating with the consumer. This doesn’t mean being lazy in the thought process, but right now I don’t see many prints in my future.