Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear
October 14, 2013 Paris
This was a very impressive outing from Vika Gazinskaya. In the past few seasons, she has really nailed down the signatures of her look—the naïveté of her prints and embroideries, and the expansive volumes of her shapes. Feeling very much at home here in her brand vocabulary, she found ways to deploy it with more subtlety than usual, elevating the tone of her clothes in the process. Gazinskaya's use of volume was a case in point: Although a few garments were exaggerated in the typical Gazinskaya way, more of them had a light touch, like the strapless dresses that floated off the body a bit, or the spaghetti-strap blouses and dresses with ballooning, off-the-shoulder sleeves. Elsewhere, the designer dispensed with volume altogether and focused on texture; her strongest look may have been the lean pencil skirt in ribbed cotton worn with a superb pleated halter top. (That halter should be a favorite among celebrities and street-style stars.) Another outfit, with a similar sense of simplicity, was a pair of slouchy striped cotton pants paired with one of the collection's suspended blouses; it had a really modern ease. Gazinskaya finally seems to have gotten comfortable with casualness, and even her dressy wares benefited from that. Nicely done.