Desigual is always one of my favorite shows during NYFW. Exuberant. Happy-making. Uplifting. And delightfully designed.
This season was no different. All about the “Global Traveller,” the show certainly transported those in the audience. Magical embroideries, prints, embellishments and crocheted textures.
Book my flight. I’m ready.
Photos courtesy of Bjorn Nasett, The Fashion Farmboy, www.fashionfarmboy.com
Photos by Bjorn Nasett
Fun. Flamboyant. Happy-making. The Barcelona-based Desigual consistently delivers the goods and this season’s “Say something nice” collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week on Thursday was no different, with fashion that set the tone for the Spring/Summer ’15 season.
Opening and closing the show with the sexy, smiling Adriana Lima, the designers (the house has collaborated with renowned international haute couturier Christian Lacroix since 2011) presented a love letter to their lady in a swath of bold, uncompromisingly wearable silhouettes — easy maxi and mini dresses, shorts and tees, jumpsuits, jackets and coats — embellished with sumptuous tropical floral prints, embroideries, crochets or lace, and in a kaleidoscopic burst of color. Like mini-explosions of happiness all over the place. Even black and white outfits were treated to a little tint of something. Floral headpieces, blossoming handbags and hot-hued strappy platform sandals only added to the hothouse flower ambience.
Thanks for the flowers, Desigual!
Perhaps it was Desigual’s imperative for AW14 that when La Vida Es Chula (when life is cool), love is always in the air. Maybe it was the colorful styles, with quirky, contemporary prints and patterns, that were totally wearable. It could’ve been the Gaudi-esque energy that exuded from the collection. Whatever it was, I always seem to fall in love with the clothes from this Barcelona-based house.
Alex Wek dancing down the catwalk at Desigual pretty much summed up the season. Fun and filled with mixes of happy patterns, beginning with the black and white that kicked off the show, ending with a riot of color and metallics, the collection moved in step to the beat of a Barcelona heart. Loved watching Alex prance down the runway, then, at end of show, offer up a big gold heart of gratitude from the designers.
Okay, call me crazy, but this may have been one of the best collections I have seen to date. The most happy-making, to say the least.
Desigual started its fantastic Spring/Summer 2014 runway show at Lincoln Center during Day One of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with contrasting geometric op-art print black and white dresses, but the entire effect of the collection was one of washes of vibrant color, a Mediterranean landscape of happy clothes for him and her, with smiling, joyful models prancing down the runway. The upbeat music, floral, dot and striped patterns and flowy silhouettes underscored the brand’s La Vida es Chula (Life is Cool) theme and made the editors and buyers in the audience smile, tap their feet to the beat and walk away from the show thinking, “Yeah, life IS cool!” Way to go, Desigual!