In her pre-fall 2015 collection, which debuted last month, Ulla Johnson combined Midwestern boho with New York City street style. Paying homage to the unconventional styles of ‘70s icons such as Stevie Nicks, Johnson experimented masculine and feminine pieces in her most recent collection: a tailored denim jumpsuit paired with red stilettos, and a floral maxi topped with a floppy fedora. Playing with shift dresses and fringe-lined jackets, the collection also features chunky knitwear and suede pieces.
As the styles of the ‘70s surge back onto the runway scene in both spring and fall 2015 collections, Ulla Johnson’s designs differ from fellow designers’ in their casualness. Ralph Lauren’s pre-fall 2015 collection featured camel, fringe and knits, while Chloé showed off designs that enveloped models in an array of oversized blazers and bell-bottoms. Yet the beauty of Ulla Johnson’s collection is its emphasis on the feminine form. The quiet prints and breathable fabrics of the pieces allow for an accentuation of the naturalness of womanhood, allowing the designer to highlight curves instead of smothering the body in a conundrum of prints and fabrics.
To replicate Johnson’s take on the modern definition of bohemian style, I gathered pieces that included an ivory slip from Free People and a denim, button-down stolen from my mom’s closet. Wanting to incorporate that rugged New York City street style feel into my look, I donned my favorite pair of biker boots from Frye. A handmade knitted snood proved useful in combating the frigid, Mid-Atlantic air.
Ulla Johnson’s pre-fall 2015 collection inspired me to step outside of my minimalist style in order to experiment with knits and denim.