It was fitting that Solange should be sitting (rather, bobbing) in the front row at Milly’s disco-infused show, where every colourful piece seemed designed for her. Designer Michelle Smith’s clothes favoured the fun-loving girl, with many pieces made to literally flow with the wearer: case in point, metallic pants fringed top-to-bottom, which swayed like the edge of a flapper’s dress with every jubilant high-heeled step. Pants were the real innovation – the usually sexless, business-y connotations disappeared in the joyful burst of flashing background lights, with disco-ball fabrics whose all-over embellishments, rather than appearing cheap, screamed fun! and luxe! in the same surprising breath. A braided rope belt appeared often throughout, chicly cinching fur and quilted leather pieces alike with an easy panache.
Menswear newcomer Patrik Ervell had a straightforward vision for Fall/Winter 2014: manly staples in a fresh colour palette (cue the sunlit mountain range, awash in golden yellow and white) with a no-fuss silhouette and comfortable materials for an active man. Broad-shouldered sweaters and jackets left plenty of room for a full range of movement, while insulated fabrics and fleece favoured the comfort of the explorer.
Mexican designer Ricardo Seco looked to the Kennedy epoch of the 60s by newly interpreting the A-line silhouette that Jackie adored and adding masculine traits for his menswear line. He layered oversize pea coats over pop art sweaters, and those sweaters over button up shirts. Winter is revitalised with Seco’s pastel colours of pink, lilac, and baby blue.
Karolyn Pho focused on minimalism and comfort for her new collection. The Californian designer of Vietnamese descent applied the neutral colors of camel, cobalt, and sand to simple dresses and the mesh over them. Among Pho’s exceptional pieces were the rabbit fur jackets.