Suno's Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty were in a cheery mood for spring 2014.
For the past few seasons, the designers have been distancing themselves from the bold, African-inspired prints they built their reputation on, preferring instead to show more sedated, almost prairie-inspired wares. But this season, the loud prints were back--and we couldn't be happier about it.
From the graphic purple floral print, to the geometric orange checks, and the abstract pink floral brocade, the textiles were definitely the stars of the show. My favorite pattern featured running red and green Zebras. Fashionista contributor Steff Yotka, who was watching the show with me, remarked that it reminded her of Margot Tenenbaum's wallpaper. If the reference is intentional, then perhaps the three looks that followed--all of which were styled with wide brim hats--were a subtle nod to The Royal Tenenbaum's less loved Dudley character. Either that, or a bee keeper, I couldn't tell. But there was a dorkiness to them that I found oddly appealing.
The silhouettes veered from '40s-inspired (in the case of several jacket and skirt combos) to '60s-inspired (in the case of mini shift dresses) to being very 2013 (in the case of an evening look that consisted of a tent-like top and form-fitting skirt). The whole collection was styled with flat sandals (like the ones we saw at Helmut Lang), which upped the cool factor on the already insanely cool collection. All in all, this was one of my favorite Suno outings so far.