RAQUEL ALLEGRA PRE SPRING COLLECTION 2022
Raquel Allegra is known for her tie-dye techniques, reworked each season on cashmere sweaters, jersey dresses, jumpsuits, and beyond. But even her most dedicated customers may not realize that each garment is actually one-of-a-kind. Allegra’s team individually hand-dyes every single piece, a step other brands might skip in favor of digital prints that can be easily repeated and mass-produced. For Allegra, the extra time and energy makes all the difference; even when tie-dye isn’t “trending,” her prints look artful and nuanced, with more of a watercolor finish than your run-of-the-mill graphic streaks.
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Resort 2022 has its fair share of tie-dye, and Allegra said this was the first season she tried to keep the palette extra tight, working in a narrow range of emerald, peony, orange, and sky. A turtleneck sweatshirt and matching pants came in a soothing, sun-faded mix of taupe and powder blue, and there was a looser “pastel cloud” pattern in shades of blush, mint, and silver.
The collection’s real surprise was the group of solids: The look book opens with a seemingly-plain ivory tank dress with blue and pink sweatshirts looped around the waist. Look closer, and you’ll notice the fuchsia sweatshirt has hints of green; the blue one is tinged with beige; and the dress has faded black along the seams. Elsewhere, a neon pink “painter trench” comes with large fields of gray over the pockets, while a black faille cargo pant features a similar motif in emerald green. They’re each the result of Allegra hand-painting the garments in broad brushstrokes, treating the fabric like a canvas and paying no mind to imperfections or smudges. (She didn’t mention Mark Rothko, but his color field paintings spring to mind.)
On a laptop, zooming in on the photos gives you a sense of the effect, but Allegra—Zooming in herself from the Southwest—insisted it’s completely different IRL. She described the blue-taupe combination in particular as looking almost holographic up close, probably even more so in the sun. Just like her tie-dye pieces, each garment will be hand-painted by her team, not mass-produced. Consider them a compelling new way to enjoy Allegra’s artisanal techniques without committing to a print—or giving up your #WFH sweatshirt habit.