It was all about the exploration of finding your own look for A Détacher’s spring 2014 collection. “I was thinking of the role of obedience or disobedience in the creation of a personal style,” designer Mona Kowalska explained backstage before the show. For Kowalska, that meant a series of loose, boxy silhouettes that made up the dresses, jumpsuits, and rompers that appeared on the runway. “I just wanted it to feel powerful because you’re kind of imposing yourself in these choices of who you are,” said Kowalska.
The tone Kowalska took was more serious, with a muted palette of black and white. But she didn’t leave out color altogether; a few bold, jewel-toned plaid pieces and shades of teal, navy, burgundy, and beige found their way into the collection. Kowalska also incorporated her signature bold prints, including one with the phrase “blank canvas” written out in large typeface. Zipper accents rested on several shoulders, while perforated cardigans and knit dresses with a minimal block of peek-a-boo detailing added a bit of edge. We also saw some marks that are typical of Kowalska’s style: the fringe she used last season, as well as the knotting that appeared in spring 2013.
“She’s a little complicated, deep and complicated, sort of pulled in different directions and needs a little bit of strength,” said Kowalska about the woman she envisioned wearing these pieces, and, from the looks of the solid collection, we can say that she’s definitely well on her way to finding it.