Narciso Rodriguez’ pared-down collection for Spring/Summer 2014 brings a sense of ease back to minimalist style.
The first look alone is a rock-solid fashion investment: a seamless white top finished with glossy, black, leather panels at the cuff and hem. This type of softness butting up against a sturdier material isn’t an entirely new design technique, but the preternaturally perfect tailoring makes it something of a novelty. The second look is stripped of any embellishment; there are no lapels, no buttons, no seams. It’s so simple that it’s stunning. Rodriguez continues in the theme of gentle minimalism. It’s hard to believe how luxurious this collection comes off, as we tend to associate luxury with over-the-top patterns, embellishments, and fabrics.
Prismatic silk prints are used to add dimension to the collection – at first in panels and then fully covering a sleeveless mini dress. Rodriguez uses laser cutting to lighten up fabrics, etching them with complex latticework that makes brilliant use of negative space. Dark, sparkling prints enter the mix, upping the sophistication factor for evening, while dresses with elegantly draped sashes, sheer floral-embroidered overlays, and mullet hems quickly take us into more experimental territory. Narciso Rodriguez’ presentation for Spring/Summer 2014 is calm, cool, and collected. Levelheaded fashion lovers will find more than just wardrobe staples in this collection, they’ll find truly effortless style.
Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway