For Fall/Winter 2014, Narciso Rodriguez’s symphony of modern, minimalist, tailored garb hits all the right notes. With quiet fortitude, the designer established a controlled, polished mood for the forthcoming season, which was carried out by color-blocked geometry, blunt-cut tailoring, and a relaxed silhouette.
Narciso Rodriguez’s symphony of modern, minimalist, tailored garb hits all the right notes.
Rodriguez’s woman is a cultural maven and a style tastemaker. Free of frills and frippery, the collection blossoms with strong looks that appeal on a very broad scale. Influenced by the clean lines and bold hues of 1960s German minimalism, Rodriguez sculpts silk sheath dresses, seamless coats, and breezy blouses into works of art. While his notions are high-minded and his execution is firmly high-fashion, he is still able to make the commercial compelling. Many designers try to find this exact line; viable commerciality and progressive style can prove to be an elusive mix. Yet, Rodriguez keeps it simple: he designs clothes that women can wear. There are few among us who would snub his cool paneled jackets and fitted trousers or who would resist the charm of a creamy molded blazer. In the same fashion, breezy, oversized slip dresses finished with shimmering embroidery and metallic allure offer beauty and scaled-back sophistication. Reviews often talk about “effortless style”, but there are only a handful of designers who are as skilled at defining this coveted genre as Narciso Rodriguez.
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