After reconnecting with nature while going through confinement in her country house, Sandra Sandor has returned her attention to the city for spring. The designer, who is pregnant with her first child, based this collection, called Harmónia, on memories of her education in Budapest. In keeping with this theme, Sandor played with Hungarian craftsmanship and symbolism in his programming. “Taking inspiration from our own authentic surroundings and our real environment just felt right to do this this season,” explained design director Ahinaa Zita Perjési, who walked Vogue virtually through the collection instead of Sandor.
Sandor and his team delivered the cool essentials for girls and boys they are known for by tweaking their basics and knits to meet current trends like work wear and cutouts. The use of lingerie buttons for disclosures was particularly effective; and a terrycloth men’s set was unexpected in a good way. But what elevated this offering from solid to something extra was the way Sandor translated local practices in a personal way. The “tablecloth” pieces with Kalotaszegi embroidery were airy and connected to everyday life. More mystical were the looks printed and knitted with traditional kopjafa iconography, including flowers, crescent moons and stars (depicting bride, young woman and mourning respectively) to which were added trademark markers, such as a gothic NOT for Nanouchka. There was also another kind of personal connection in this collection: the trench coat with the removable storm plate was made in collaboration with the newest participant in the Nanushka Design for Life mentoring program, Abhijeet Kaur.