Jeans?…We forgot those strict, rigid creations ever existed after having the pleasure of viewing Rodejber’s spring 2014 presentation on Friday afternoon in Chelsea. Upon snaking up and through the Maritime Hotel’s labyrinth of swirling staircases, we arrived at an open-air patio baring greenery-festooned walls–kind of a lush oasis amid 9th Ave.’s trafficky melee. This served as a most fitting environment for this season’s offering, a compelling argument for the ultimate sartorial relaxation.
Show notes elucidated that furniture-design-great, Eileen Gray’s modernist sensibilities were a point of departure for the assortment’s architectural cuts. Rendered in fluid chiffons and subtly charactered linens, these lines found languid fluidity in the form of kimono-referenced tops, dresses, and light-weight outerwear. Here, the collection’s relaxed theme was clearly extending beyond shape and fabric to the notion of blurring garment definitions; one could invariably see the versatility of these wrap-and-tie toppers–frocks one moment, flitting-in-the-breeze, easy trenches the next.
Countering this light and airy vibe, were the collection’s shimmering embellishments, emerald-to-teal-to-blue, spectral flourishes that brought a june-bug shimmer to stark, black-crepe separates. Touches like these–and a standout accessory story featuring cylindrical, wooden-heeled sandals–punctuated the collection’s serene vibe.