Appearing before your very eyes is a woman–a woman who emits a radiating, pure spirit of happiness…a woman who emits a calming tune of ease. She stands with an aura of confidence, a magical uncomplicated allure. Her composure is delightfully relaxed and languidly carefree. There are no worries and constraints–there is just an unmistakable fluency in attitude, design, and life. And then, with a beautiful, soft charm, the outfit she is wearing begins to sparkle with a brightening, untroublesome grace. Her loose attire soothingly flows down her frame, as a calming energy captures the mind and soul. The designs emanate a wonderful easiness, an inexistent difficulty…a stream of cool, fresh water gliding confidently towards a destination at an unhurried pace. The woman then begins to turn around and walk away, illuminating her surroundings as she freely progresses.
Her look is effortless.
A big trend for New York Fashion Week, Spring 2014 RTW is this effortlessness in design and structure. Collections are showing blouses, skirts, pants, dresses, and more, that contain and nurture these characteristics of simplistic ease. Comfort is being emphasized. Relaxation is being cherished. And both Joseph Altuzarra, of the brand Altuzarra, and Jason Wu show and highlight these features magnificently.
Joseph Altuzarra’s Spring 2014 RTW collection gives off the vibrations of looseness and easiness perfectly–constriction does not exist in this elegantly freeing environment. The looks that proudly revealed themselves on the runway were looks of splendid contentment and joyous flexibility. A calmness soared from creation to creation. The separate pieces in this wide array of menswear-inspired shirts, slit mid-calf length skirts, cropped jackets, ponchos, and metallic colored gowns…The separate materials in this wide array of fringed leathers, Japanese boro patchworks, and striped silks,… joined together to create a look of pure, pleasurable release.
As Jason Wu himself described, his collection is “a dialogue between construction and ease.” It is a collection that is not concentrated on powerful structure and defined tailoring; rather, it is a collection that highlights the beauties of relaxed construction and simple design. Within each design, there is this bewitching delicacy, this beautiful quality of modern feminine grace. With loose-fitting slip dresses, languorous light and dark pants, skirts of sheer and beading, and more, Jason Wu’s creations rise to a smooth significance.
Effortlessness is sprouting its wings and coming to life.
Photo Credits: Vogue