After being inspired by their hometown of Santa Cruz in Northern California, it was a natural progression for the Mulleavy sisters to move down to the southern region of the sunny state for their Spring 2014 Rodarte collection. Instead of the usual inspirations of surfers, skaters and the beach that is regularly associated with the region, the sisters opted for the normally untouched territory of East LA Chola style. The collection had the cohesive mix of the opulence, randomness and the tough concrete streetwear that is constantly seen on the streets of the area.
This is a collection that which at first look would have many question marks over peoples’ heads, but I have to say that I find it pretty genius. It was refreshing to see a collection that was inspired by something that is far from high fashion and usually ignored. Plus those shoes were a huge highlight for me this whole season at New York. I can already see Miley Cyrus swooning over this as well as mags choosing Candice Swanepoel as their model of choice to shoot these clothes on. See the full collection below.
Frame Denim held their first presentation at New York fashion. Guests like Inez and Vinoodh, Hanneli Mustaparta, Harley Viera-Newton and Karlie Kloss, to name a few, all came out to support the brand at the Openhouse Gallery in Soho, New York.
The showcase featured styles from their new Spring/Summer 2014 collection such as their classic Le Skinny fits in Color Block and Railroad Tux, as well as the the Le Cut Off and more. You can see the new styles featured as well as the guests and cool backdrops below.
Photos Courtesy of Adrian Mesko & Frame Denim
I will admit that the Pierre Balmain line had me unenthusiastic since its inaugural collection, personally. It wasn’t the pieces themselves, but more of the way they were presented and styled that I felt wasn’t up to par of the brand itself and more of Balmain. To keep the explanation short and simple, it is the Cara Delevingne to sister Poppy Delevingne in my mind. Two completely different takes on fashion, but with intertwining pieces.
This season was a full 180 from what was. It is back to what I love about the brand that stood out, like the ’90s silhouettes and punk aesthetic. Everything from the suede jackets to the sequined tank dress to the leather pants and more, felt tough again and nonchalant. To say the least, I am a fan again. You can see the new collection below.