NEW YORK — British artist David Hockney first visited California in the early 1960s after graduating from the Royal College of Art, London. The visit and several subsequent returns had a profound impact on Hockney, who later created a series of paintings around the outdoor swimming pool, that quality-of-life essential for those of means living in Southern California. Central to Hockney’s fascination with the pool was its epitomization of a people’s openness made possible through living in an amenable climate, one free of a freezing cycle like New York has. Decades later one artist’s inspiration expressed on canvas inspires yet another, namely, Jason Wu for what is his sixth womenswear collection for BOSS since taking the helm as artistic director. The resultant collection used color, lots of primary colors to shade this spring line that ticks the boxes of elegance and athleticism. Wednesday afternoon saw eight models at Next walk for BOSS including Selena Forrest, Julie Hoomans, Caroline Reagan, Odette Pavlova, Binx, Jay Wright, Lineisy Montero, and Lorena Maraschi. The color theme present in the clothes and accessories carried over into an impressive runway designed by Chameleon Visual, which took the overhead wooden light fixtures from last season and mounted them on a partition in a colorful array along the length of the runway. The effect was impressive and in total ought to extend echoes of David Hockney’s primary inspiration from past decades.

Credits include: Client, BOSS; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Spring / Summer 2017; Clothing design, Jason Wu; Styling, Joe McKenna; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Show design, Chameleon Visual; Show production, Prodject; Music direction, Sebastien Perrin; Casting, Michelle Lee; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.