Costume National Spring 2014: Raw Power

The venue for Costume National's spring 2014 show was a large industrial underground space that pretty much looked like a garage, except cleaner. It was stark, raw, angular and colorless--a lot like designer Ennio Capasa's latest collection for his brand.
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The venue for Costume National's spring 2014 show was a large industrial underground space that pretty much looked like a garage, except cleaner. It was stark, raw, angular and colorless--a lot like designer Ennio Capasa's latest collection for his brand.
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The venue for Costume National's spring 2014 show was a large industrial underground space that pretty much looked like a garage, except cleaner. It was stark, raw, angular and colorless--a lot like designer Ennio Capasa's latest collection for his brand.

The romance of Wednesday's shows was long gone as Capasa's black and white collection went down the runway. The theme seemed to be asymmetrical interpretations of classic power-dressing. Vests and jackets were done with one side longer than the other. Tops and skirts had diagonal slits. Shells and pencil dresses had odd triangular cut-outs.

With many of the pieces featuring raw edges, the look was somehow as much deconstructed as it was put together. While we could have used a little more--color, volume, something?--the clothes appeared beautifully made and perfect for a woman with a lot of confidence and a distaste for fashion's status quo.

Photos: IMAXtree