Narciso Rodriguez is making the clothes we all want to wear right now. At least that's the thought that came to mind as I took in the designer's beautiful spring 2014 show. Maybe it's because we've reached saturation with all the over-the-top, take-my-picture please street style looks. Or maybe it's because everyone is feeling the '90s right now and no one does minimalism better than Narciso Rodriguez.
Whatever the reason, Rodriguez's latest collection was a palette cleanser: Simple, elegant boxy wool tops--some cropped, some embellished with a silk jacquard or black laminated inset--were worn with mini skirts or shorts (or both? Rodriguez presented a hybrid version called a "half skirt" in the show notes). Small delicate folds on a skirt or across a top elevated simple crepe shift dresses. I especially loved look 22, a dusty rose silk top done in subtle origami-like folds worn with a coral jacquard skirt. A delicate white silk and crepe spaghetti strap mini dress with sheer layers was also a standout. It's really hard to make simple clothes look good--and Rodriguez makes them look fantastic. Just get your gams in gear--these hemlines are short.