Narciso Rodriguez has built his career on strongly structured, minimalist clothes -- the kind of clothes every ambitious, career-minded woman wants in her closet.
His fall 2014 collection was no exception. Architectural separates opened the runway in shades of strong red, gray, and black. The face was clear of makeup, the hair slicked back, accessorizing limited to a pair of pointed pumps and maybe a bag -- this woman doesn't have the time to worry about all that (and frankly, doesn't really care about it either).
But there was a romantic current undercutting the collection. The best example of this was a beautifully constructed coat, which came down the runway in an on-trend soft pink shade, but there were also flutteringly soft blouses in cream and looser, more fluid shapes than those offered in seasons past.
Of course, Rodriguez isn't re-inventing his minimalist wheel, so the finale dresses, though cut soft, were beaded with an almost knife-point precision, cutting neat lines and geometric shapes across the body. The effect was almost more impressive up close as it was from afar.
Overall, it was another winning collection in what appears to be a several-seasons long streak for Rodriguez.
Oh, and I'd love that pink coat now, please.