A designer who specializes in swimwear and day dresses would normally have a hard time creating the composed ensembles vital to a successful fall/winter collection. Mara Hoffman is proof that making the leap from bathing suits to robe coats, while maintaining her bohemian sensibilities, can yield looks that are both refreshing and chic. Her FW15 collection started off as an ode to earth and all of its magnificent creatures. This raw theme suited the designer’s free-spirited girl, but where Hoffman took her inspiration next might surprise you. The color scheme of off whites and tans reminded Mara of Luke Skywalker’s uniform from Star Wars. Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine mesmerized the designer, so Hoffman decided to put a hippie goes 70’s sci-fi take on her collection. Tribal prints, jumpsuits, and fierce braids gave the models an effortless, yet warrior-like charisma that echoed the rawness of Mara’s subject matter. The spectacular, gilded finale of loose fitting gowns seemed like a bohemian’s homage to R2D2. Mara Hoffman taught a lesson on trans-seasonal dressing, through her skillfully layered looks. Think turtlenecks under a printed summer dress with knee-high, suede boots. This kind of playing with pieces, formally thought of as strictly for summer or winter, will lead to creative looks that allow you to get more mileage out of your most beloved pieces.