January 11, 2014 New York
Working entirely in black and white, as Robert Rodriguez has for Pre-Fall, can often yield a collection that comes across as too stark or one-dimensional, but the designer avoided those pitfalls here. Keeping his finger on the contemporary pulse, he balanced tough and soft elements by using novelty fabrications like romantic lace bonded to stretchy neoprene, which was shown on slim sheaths; a Peter Pan collar top; and an asymmetric wrap skirt. Rodriguez also incorporated florals with a grayscale violet print on scuba sweatshirts, as well as laser-cut blooms appliquéd to sheer pencil skirts. Those specialty pieces added an editorial edge to his collection staples, such as biker jackets and flouncy skirts. Elsewhere, the tailoring was noticeably more relaxed than seasons past. A slouchy, plaid flannel suit styled with a matching shirt wrapped around the waist felt particularly of the moment.