Yes, Kanye West made his front row debut this season at Louise Goldin–she’s believed to have played a large part in his last Paris runway collection–but that’s not the only reason this designer is so buzzed-about. She’s got some serious design chops as well.
Her spring 2014 collection was well-tailored, sporty, unfussy perfection. Silhouettes were flattering; fabrics were techy and functional; colors were subdued; hemlines were short; and sleeves were long.
“It was summer, basically, and what do I do in the summer?” Goldin, who seemed oddly cool and calm, told us of her inspiration, backstage after the show. The answer: music festivals and tennis. “It was just how those two things come together, the graphics and landscapes of Coachella and palm trees. A lot of those outlines, the piping, were more tennis-inspired.” Indeed, many pieces featured white piping that outlined tennis ball and tennis racket-like shapes.
The collection also featured a lot of simple, universally appealing crisp white cotton shirts–many of them cropped. “I like the cleanness of that texture,” she said of her decision to include those. “I thought it looked pure.”
Pure perfection, if you ask us.
As for Kanye: We’re not sure if it was Goldin’s collection, the fact that his new song “Send it Up” closed the show, or his new baby; but he seemed almost blissfully happy, smiling, laughing, happily chatting up anyone who wanted to talk to him, and waiting patiently with everyone else to go backstage afterwards. He seemed so nice! Oh, and he was wearing a gold grill. Yes, we got that close to him.
Anyway, back to the clothes: click through to see them.