Another opening, another show and yours truly managed to make my way through the mass of shows and lounges to give you my take on the spring 2014 fashion outlook.
On and off the runway these were a few of the designers that caught my eye. While I’m at it, let’s just cut through the chase and admit that you’ve probably seen most of the collections online etc. already so my focus is on some of the more affordable designer shows that maybe didn’t get the major press notice they deserved.
Never having seen or shopped DESIGUAL’s collections I had no expectations so I was blown away by the runway presentation. There were lively colors in florals, tie-dye and stripes that blew me away. Don’t know why I was surprised since this is a very popular Spanish brand. This happy collection got off to a great start with a group of black/white dresses and coats then segued onto a white top with patch pockets and striped palazzo pants and a “Mediterranean” crop top (a major trend for spring) with a striped long skirt flowered on the side. Another winner was the “Barcelona” belted city ketch print raincoat and colorful striped tote.
I haven’t been to a NICOLE MILLER show in quite a while so I was interested to see what she was up to for spring. These items caught my attention: the muted floral print trench, a beaded and sequined garden maze tee and printed net skirt, a pretty shredded ribbon appliqué silk dress that called to mind the ‘20s Gatsby era, a lovely ivory leather ¾ coat with embroidery shown atop a print tee and jacquard jeans. By far my fave pieces were saved for the finale – gorgeous ivory scroll embroidered and printed pleated silk dress and a cornice beaded peach silk maxi dress – both outfits were to die for!
I always get a kick out of figuring out ANNA SUI’s influences each season. This time around the theme seemed to be a mix of Pre-Raphaelite airy fairy Maidens/ Biba’s ‘70s clothes as photographed by Sarah Moon/and the Beatles hippy period (the latter came through especially in the mens’ velvet pants mixed with print linen jackets jacquard sweaters and warp print chambray shirt). In case you thought I didn’t like the collection, you would be wrong. Taken separately, I would love to own a few of the separates (and no, I’m not too old for some of Sui’s stuff. Her prints were divine, especially the acacia wallpaper print chiffon dress slipped under a copper scallop sequin cape. For flower children (yes there are still some) note her sand color secret garden embroidered msh dress and the cream waterlilly print iridescent chiffon flapper dress.
Anna Sui Modernized the 70s to C&C's Great Appreciation
I didn’t expect to be blown away by another “celebrity” designer but that’s just what happened when I attended the DAISY FUENTES runway show. Summer at the beach in Malibu was the theme listed on the program and after viewing the show I was ready to board the first plane out to California! Here’s what I want from her spring collection (available exclusively at Kohls). Where to start? Why not with the perfect white washed charmeuse trouser suit (very ‘70s Bianca Jagger’s wedding number), segue to a cropped crepe de Chine camisole and “pacific coast” striped flowing palazzo pants. If you’re like jumpsuits there’s a cute knot front number in a “lagoon” print crepe de Chine that’s perfect for beach or cocktails later.
Daisy Fuentes - Her Own House of Style!
Photo Credits: M. McKenzie
With the money you saved shopping at Daisy Fuentes, why not blow your rent money at DENNIS BASSO. For my money invest in (ha!) his white embroidered moto jacket atop black floral embroidered cotton dress (blk/white is another major trend), or the pale rose sable jacket with blk/petal pink embroidered cocktail dress. For those gala events that always seem to crop up unexpectedly. Go for Basso’s knockout white alligator vest with full skirted, embroidered tulle gown or a sky blue and blk lynx belly and alligator wrap paired with pale rose and sky embroidered gown. You can get double wear out of any one of Basso’s crop fur jackets by pairing them with jeans or linen pants. Such a bargain!
Korean designer SUN JUNG WAN’s collection is aimed at the elegant ladies of a certain age and wallet. I loved her off-white and dove grey color blocked shift dress, the geometric patterned dress with subtle metal beaded details and a zippy citron jacquard cocoon dress with side cutouts. Also adding a shot of color, a coral sequin mini dress with open weave leather hem and a stunning gold V-neck sequin dress.
Korea also came to the forefront with a surprisingly good runway titled Concept Korea that featured four different designer collections. Highlights included KAAL EISUKTAE’s white two button half coat with back volume over sheer tee and cropped pants, BEYOND CLOSET’s cute mustard/red/navy panel denim jacket, beige polka dot shirt and beige shorts for the guys and my favorite collection, BIG PARK who offered a darling pink leather biker jacket with striped cotton trim thrown over a library print cotton shirt and black wool romper. I also loved the cream wool dress with phoenix embroidery. All of the above collections are aimed at the very young and hip.
Talking about foreign designers I must mention the Argentine Designers runway presentation. Out of the seven who showed there were five who stood out. Number one: TENAZ showed a saleable collection that I would love to buy, namely the pink crop top with white pleated pants and the pink/navy beaded and printed jumpsuit with matching jacket. MARIANA DAPPIANO’s flowing resort looks caught my eye, especially her long color blocked gown. VIVIANA UCHITEL’s showed a very feminine collection with fluid looks that had major appeal. I covet her v-neck silk dress in burgundy, grey and blue while DANIELA SARTORI produced a swingy short halter dress in cream. MARCELO GIACOBBE was the final designer who showed and he didn’t disappoint.
My pick for the best of the best, the glamorous white jacket and pant with beaded mesh top.
That’s it for now. Next time I’ll fill you in on the various fashion week lounges and the accessories/apparel/beauty products on display. C&C.