Desigual: Say it with flowers for spring
Renee Minus White | 9/25/2014, 2:09 p.m.
Fashion & Beauty Editor
What better way to “say something nice” than with flowers? For spring-summer 2015, Desigual and the recognized French fashion designer Monsieur Christian Lacroix have magnified this timeless tradition of giving bouquets to all women in the world with a “happy casual” fashion collection.
Inspired by nature’s flora and fauna, this seasonal presentation was a beautiful, colorful bouquet. The clothes look very comfortable. Some print styles were combined with South American motifs; other pieces were created in classic English garden blooms that meet prints in an Iberian Peninsula’s landscape. There are looks that were influenced by sweeping European geometry. It reminds you of a botanical garden filled with stylish men and women in high-fashioned clothes.
The colors were vibrant. Viewing so many patterns of flowers picked up the spirits of folks, as the sad news of Joan Rivers’ passing spread quickly just before the show started. Among those attending was Rosario Dawson, who was surrounded by photographers. On the runway, there were baby doll dresses, a white floral coat, pantsuits in multiple colors and a wide variety of pattern mixes. One-piece and two-piece looks including jackets, tops, skirts and pants were smartly cut. Models stepped in high heels, their hair flowing naturally. The music pounded out a serious up beat.
Sheer prints, even for men’s shirts, are in. Lengths were short, long and varied. Favorite fabric touches included chiffon for swing shorts, satin for accent bands, metallic accents and leather for cross-body bags. There were also plenty of details such as pleats, halter cuts, strappy backs, satin trims, embroidery, embellished shoulder treatments and princess seams.
One after another, Desigual showed off savvy styles such as a varsity-cut jacket in textured floral and a French terry fleece over cuffed shorts with French pockets. It was followed by a draped neckline dropped-shoulder tee in Mexicana flower and a Mediterranean stripe print with a mini flounce short. This outfit featured hand-embroidered designs and gathering at the waistline.
This designer’s clothes will hold your eye to his attention to details. There were beautiful blouses, touched pleats and shoulder bags that matched a tasseled scarf. Prints were pretty and powerful. This collection celebrates the season’s warm weather with daisies in bloom, desert roses, tropical hibiscus and Mexican dahlias.
His prints were from all the freshly cut flowers that came from an imagery garden. In colors, they used jade, white and onyx tones that served as a backdrop, and each piece was lush with poppy red, saffron or teal, creating looks that were reminiscent of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon or the underwater vegetation of Atlantis. In a blossoming kaleidoscope, the collection is a gift that’s meant to inspire happiness, one bloom at a time.