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.