Maybe it’s the hipster in me that explains why I seek out relatively obscure designers and labels before they hit the mainstream. Or maybe it’s my preference for designs that are untainted by mainstream expectations and influences. Either way, fashion is most exciting when it is unpredictable, unconventional, and creative. Azede Jean-Pierre, Rozae Nichols of Clover Canyon, and Noor Al Khalifa and Haya Al Khalifa of Noon by Noor brought us just that and more with their spring 2014 collections at New York Fashion Week.
1. Azede Jean-Pierre
The mood at Azede Jean-Pierre’s show was scintillating and brazen, with fluorescent colors lighting up the outfits. The skirts took on the same circular shape as their prints, and collarless cropped jackets hearkened to the ’60s while adding a touch of futurism.
2. Clover Canyon
Tribal meets digital graphics. Nichols’ collection depicts an affinity for California, namely its nature and architecture (Charles and Ray Eames, anyone?). Of significance is a dress length, blueprint print low v-neck blazer and a sci-fi-esque print architectural dress that is reminiscent of McQueen’s spring 2010 collection. The clothes bring to mind images of Silicon Valley where California cool and technology create a modern update to sartorial bohemia.
3. Noon by Noor
Romantic and floral, but not dainty. This collection is for the confident woman who is unafraid to experiment with bohemian influences. Notable ensembles include a silk, mixed print jumpsuit, peplum tops for evening wear, and ruffled rosettes. This is a line that can attain mass appeal without compromising its aesthetic.