Street Chic attended the Spring/Summer 2014 showings of womenswear brand Hache, designed by Manuela Arcari, at a vacant gallery space in Midtown West, and menswear designer Robert Geller at the Pier 59 Studios in Chelsea.
The strongest narrative of the collection was Arcari's shirtwaist-inspired dresses. We also saw an early rock-n-roll theme continued in pink Peter-Pan collar leather outerwear with studs. The early '70’s punk looks with a Teddyboy-Rockabilly vibe were also part of the collection, highlighting layered styling that created a fabric-blocked look – leather skirts worn with striped cotton pajama pants. We liked the retro ‘Victory’ hairstyle.
Robert Geller’s runway was inspired a combination Moscow youth at the dawn of '80’s Glasnost struggling with the reconciliation of a Marxist past steeped in Malevich and Vladimir Tatlin. Geller’s youth were tapped into the ‘rebel-optimism’ of New Wave music and punk rock. The theme of transition worked for these early spring season garments in a fairly sober palate. Street Chic liked the color-blocked neoprene vests echoing the collection’s nod to constructivist influences, tapping into the geometric detail trend for Spring '14. We found the greatest strength in Geller’s collection was his talent for outerwear. Street Chic took note of the beret.
Both of these collections reflected a very captivating urban understanding of concept as well as developed sensibilities about trend, construction and textile.
Pictured- Hache Spring '14 — Chambray top and skirt with a high waist, the look is a wonderful nod to the rise of work-wear, Street Chic loved the full skirt and blocking of the silhouette.