Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen Spring 2014: L.A. Athletica

L.A.-based designer Micah Cohen for the brand Shades of Grey took a very lax approach to his Spring 2014 collection--so relaxed, in fact, that he didn’t even have an inspiration going into the season.
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L.A.-based designer Micah Cohen for the brand Shades of Grey took a very lax approach to his Spring 2014 collection--so relaxed, in fact, that he didn’t even have an inspiration going into the season.
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L.A.-based designer Micah Cohen for the brand Shades of Grey took a very lax approach to his Spring 2014 collection--so relaxed, in fact, that he didn’t even have an inspiration going into the season.

“I don’t have an inspiration,” he admitted to us at his presentation. “But I’ve continued to do some athletic-themed stuff.”

This approach worked for menswear: Models wore a perfect mix between sporty and dressy--one look included a jogger pant paired with a suit jacket. Another saw a bomber jacket matched with a cool basketball jersey. But the strongest look by far was a clever white baseball shirt effortlessly styled with black cheetah field shorts, which felt very relevant to the athletic-chic feel of current fashion trends.

Cohen's womenswear wasn’t as strong, but was beautiful nonetheless--his vision translated best through layering: a blouse paired with a dress and a sarong wrap skirt was unexpected yet wearable. More athletic looks involved muscle blouses paired with t-shirt maxi dresses and a quilted knit/silk combo blouson.

To offset this sporty vibe, Cohen finished off both his men's and women's looks with black socks and Birkenstocks--an unusual if not very unexpected pairing, to say the least.

“It’s clean and references being outdoorsy but in a very modern way. I think it works with every body and it’s a uniform and really clean and easy.”

It was all very L.A., in the best way.

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