Hanako Maeda’s latest collection strikes the perfect balance between being feminine and edgy. This is my favourite Ready-To-Wear collection of the season thus far as I feel that it is modern, beautiful but also wearable and practical.
The show started out with a few floral printed dresses in muted tones of black and grey that is slightly reminiscent of kimono dress. All images of traditional dressing is abandoned however with a variety of sharp, modern and feminine shapes. The inclusion of collars and beaded illusion netting adds a nice soft touch to some of the harsher lines in her dresses.
The second part of the show saw a flurry of soft pins, dove greys and taupes in colour-blocked coats and swingy dresses. I really like the inclusion of the traditional button-down.
The detail in simple grey dress (left) is amazing. From a distance it is deceivingly simplistic but the precision in the slit and the texture of the fabric elevates it and makes it fresh. Neutral colour blocking is also something we see a lot of in this collection and I really like it. It is something we can all easily mimic.
The show ended with a few razor-sharp noir looks featuring leather, asymmetrical lines and zippers to ensure that they really cater for a range of personas. It also grounds the collection which might have felt a little airy without it. I personally love the trench coat with leather inserts as it is very edgy but I feel it meshes so well with the more feminine looks.
I loved this collection as it is modern and feminine without being too stereotypical or over the top. Which has been your favourite collection thus far?
Earlier this week Valentino debuted their resort collection for Spring/Summer 2014. Whilst resort collections have always been a more relaxed, wearable interpretation of designs featured in their main collections, this is Valentino’s first attempt at casual. Models strutted down the runway in wide-leg denims, the first denims for the brand, lace shorts paired with plain white t-shirts and espadrilles. All echoing the relaxed feel of this season.
The show started out with what felt like Blair Waldorf’s school uniforms and a few simple shirt dresses which did not impress. This was followed by the brand’s first denims paired with an array of striped jerseys and espadrilles to give a distinct nautical feel. The brand also started to invest in day-wear pants where they previously focused on dresses and skirts. I particularly liked the preppy cable-knits that feel so wearable. My only complaint is that this all feels so autumn/winter, especially when compared to the bright acid colours from the rest of the collection. None the less it is all so very pretty, I will forgive.
No Valentino collection would feel complete without a lace a-line skater dress and this season saw it in bright orange. I also liked the Barbie-pink version with matching collarless coat (I wrote about this trend earlier) and the simple sheath in a striking colour.
After all that colour followed a few simplistic, neutral coloured ensembles that served as perfect palette cleansers. The brands simple, feminine approach to design is so perfectly encapsulated in the trouser ensembles that I can’t believe it took them this long to cotton on. I hope to see many more pretty trousers as they are much more practical for European spring/summers, where rain is inevitable.
The show came to an end with a spectacular display of frothy embroidered tulle dresses in a variety of lengths that made me wish I could be a celebrity for a day simply to be able to wear one of these. All the dresses are reminiscent of previous dresses with similar silhouettes adjusted to suit the playfulness of this collection by adding brighter embroidery and appliques. I feel that this collection will certainly draw a more youthful fanfare as it feels lighter than their previous collection, with all the classic Valentino signatures such as flats, studs and lace remaining in check. It is all so pretty I can’t find fault anything with this collection. I’m really looking forward to its red carpet debut.
Do you love this collection as much as I do or do you feel this is all a little to light and sugary?