Although official show notes were not available at press time, looking over the pieces in the deTROIT Spring 2016 collection, it seems clear that designer, Robert Molnar, drew from an array of historical and literary influences from India, the Middle East and early 20th century Egypt. The result was an incredibly appealing collection of pieces that varied from suits in relaxed silhouettes to gorgeously draped separates all punctuated with interesting details such-as rope accessories, low slung ties, and the surprising week-wide trend of the season: cummerbunds.
As for the intriguing red-painted feet, and red line of sand used in the staging of the show, again we weren't able to corner the designer for an explanation, however it seems likely with other elements in the show that it was clever modern twist on a traditional adornment for women referenced in Indian poetry. But even if this assumption on my part isn't correct, it still made for one the most memorable elements of any show all week.
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