FADER NYFW, Spring 2014
The writing was on the wall when See By Chloé sent out their fall 2012 collection in front of a marble backdrop. A year later, Alexander Wang would transform the luxe tile into the focal textile of his debut fall 2013 collection for Balenciaga to rave reviews. Other designers clearly took note and put their own spin on the pattern this NYFW. Phillip Lim, pictured above, showed angular vests in marbleized woodgrain. Robert Rodriguez added dimension to the flat fabric with a dark, sculptural tiered dress. Creatures of the Wind went in another direction, using a lighter pattern for a breezy, flounced skirt. Nicholas K’s interpretation had a ghostly quality with a washed out, gauzy pantsuit. And Rachel Comey and Peter Som chose marble patterns reminiscent of lava lamps that make for covetable sweatshirts. Some designers took the floor even effect further, showing screen-printed wood patterns. Honor’s take was more literal than Zimmerman’s but both transformed the grainy floorboard into stellar cocktail hour dresses.
Creatures of The Wind