Candela for SS-14 Says All Aboard & Anchors Away!

Sometimes a motif or theme for a collection could not be more obvious. That was certainly the case with the Candela Spring/Summer 2014 collection. But, this wasn’t a bad thing. The theme was definitely of a nautical inspiration and being at or around the sea. This is a great take for either spring or summer. I enjoyed this inspiration because even with the obvious implications of the spring/summer season and a nautical inspiration, nothing was literal. It wasn’t spring just because of a floral print. It wasn’t a nautical inspiration because the garments incorporated an anchor print or dresses that look like sailor outfits. Candela offers this Van Morrison quote as inspirational words for their theme-“Hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…”

imagesI enjoyed the use of a falling leaflet embroidery with some of the garments. It’s a nice twist versus just a floral print or flower petal. Outside of classic white pieces there were some great uses of color with that of navy blue and denim pieces, which work well with both spring/summer and the nautical theme. There are still some trends for spring/summer 2014 that continue to show such longevity such as lace, lace and more lace! There was also a good amount of sheer cutout effects, but all in all it was nice to see these continued trends, but still with innovation and not redundancy. I really enjoyed the attention to detail with some amazing touches such as mirror-embroidered heels and gorgeous open backs with embroidery.

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Here is the rest of the collection:

100_5087  off-white mesh gown with pewter leaf embroidery

100_5090  silk ruffled black gown with crochet fringe and pom pom trim

100_5091  double layered, off-white short mesh dress with metallic pewter leaf embroidery

100_5092  bow shorts romper with off the shoulder sleeves in black silk organza

100_5093  off white short sleeved silk organza cocktail dress

100_5095  Off-wite long sheer cutout eyelet dress featuring Peter Pan Collar and puffed sleeves

100_5096  Grey cropped sweatshirt with white eyelet sleeves worn with off white sheer cutout eyelet knee length skirt and multi-colored willow print bow flats

100_5097  Denim vest with back ruffles in a mesh lace, paired w/ matching off-white ruffled mesh lace mini skirt and navy kilim embroidery flats

100_5100 Left-navy silk chiffon & lace cardigan with grey cashmere and side lace detail track pants; Right-grey cashmere sweater with sheer navy lace stripes paired w/ navy silk charmeuse dress with lace godets

100_5101  Right only-color blocked lace button down shirt worn with matching lace pencil skirt in navy, blush and off-white paired w/ blush blow flats

100_5102  Color blocked lace button down shirt worn with matching pencil skirt in red, blush and off white

100_5108  Lace crop top with multi-colored fringe tassel skirt

100_5109  Left-long blush razor back eyelet dress with scalloped hem; Right-natural knit mesh sweater w/ mirror embroidery trim at neckline, tucked into olive silk linen high-waisted trousers w/ rope tassel belt & metallic rose gold & green pointed flats

100_5111  Silk gown in navy

100_5112  Left-Off-white long sleeved silk tunic with multi-colored embroidery and beading detail, paired w/ navy silk linen high-waisted shorts, coral cord belt and mirror embroidery heels

100_5113  Left-Kilim embroidered knit top in blush with matching embroidered mini skirt worn w/ navy mirror embroidery flats; Right-navy soft jersey razor back tank top with raffia trim paired with navy kilim embroidery pants and natural rope sandals


Special Credits

  • Set Design: Aux Armes Etc
  • Hair-Amy Farid for Bumble & Bumble
  • Makeup-Bobbie Brown Cosmetics
  • Nails-OPI
  • Jewelry-Melissa Joy Manning

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