Kati Stern knows her clientele very well. She deviates ever so slightly, but you know what you’re getting when you attend the Venexiana Runway collection. Her Spring/Summer 2014 collection consisted of a cavalcade of single strap dresses and strapless dresses and gowns in a myriad of shimmery quasi fluorescent colors and in some instances sheer fabric. There’s a marked evolution in her design for the season. There’s been previous seasons where the Venexiana collection was somewhat over the top, but this time she muted the colors (as much as one would expect from Stern) and gave more coherence and flow. There was more of a trademarked look. You could see that Stern’s Venexiana collection was fit for a variety of occasions. There were some less than stellar pieces in the collection, but not enough to detract from the body of work as a whole. Formalwear, Eveningwear has a legitimate contender for your attention as well as your dollars.
Czar by Cesar Galindo combined the futuristic surreal with an extended flair for Spring Summer 2014. You could imagine seeing these pieces in Dune or some other futuristic sci-fi series. Highlights include an accordion styles colorblock halter dress, a jewelry-inspired strapless print dress, a diamond-butterfly monochrome patterned print dress that is one of the stronger pieces I’ve seen during fashion week in New York and an aquamarine/blue satin hooded jumper with a loose banded elastic waist. Have I seen in totality stronger collections from Galindo’s shop? Yes. Taken individually, each piece was stronger than the sum total collection, which is somewhat counterintuitive. But that’s more of an academic argument rather than an indictment on Galindo as a designer. Any of the pieces on its own will wow when worn because individually, Czar spring/summer 2014 is a wonderful collection.
For some reason New York Fashion Week designers must have colluded to go in the Sci-fi fantasy motif direction as the Falguni and Shane Peacock collection was quite a feast for the eyes for all things future lovers.. The designers provided a daring collection of sheer mini-dresses with blurred barcode-like prints, floral gowns in violet that covered breasts and little else. The models hair styles and makeup consisted of a Leeloo/Fifth Element motif which served the presentation very well. Dresses were accompanied with garter-like accessories that strapped at the knee and right below the calf. A particularly eye-catching number was a shimmery multi-colored striped dress. The designers broke up the monotony of the futuristic look with fur accents on the mini dresses and elaborate black, white and pink colored prints. It harkened back to the days of the outlandishly big Versace emblems only done with more purpose and effect. It’s a daring collection for those that want less sci-fi and more down-to-earth.