When Le Vida Es Chula (When life is beautiful), love is always in the air. This is a great motto to stand behind and to also be an inspirational story for this great Fall 2014 collection that is Desigual. Going along with the same note as “love”, this collection was inspired by the love of the hometown for the brand, Barcelona. Desigual decided to get back to the basics with a “personal collection that reflects the enduring optimism found there.” Further, “the collection reflects the metropolis’ overlooked curiosities & magic — & tempts them to fall in love again with the places & things they think they know, but have no more to offer than what lives in their minds.”
Circular print shift dress with transparent tulle yoke & trapezoidal bowler-style bag
Satin dress showing iconic organic rosette with two-toned carryall tote
Long-sleeved raglan shift dress in black crepe printed w/ over-sized lady face illustration
With inspirations such as a big city, a major metropolis, one might think architecture & structural elements. But for Desigual, with love comes levity & for this fall/winter season “it feels brighter & less baroque.” The brand took note of ports, the Gaudi buildings
, but remember, the goal was to point out the city’s magic, its overlooked curiosities. This would mean for a building, you focus on the kaleidoscope feel and look at the faces of the city-dwellers.
Over-sized face on minimalistic neoprene silhouette with over-sized illustration in two-toned embossed anthracite
Mini-dress with sequined skirt & double-layered blouson top printed with 50s fashion figures
Boat-necked A-line dress in iridescent satin plaid Jacquard w/ gold appliques @ the pockets
Iconic kaleidoscope mandala cotton dress with sequin embellishments & a velvet bow at the waist
With every collection and underlying inspirations there also comes a color palette/story. Desigual colors are always bright and fun and this season is no different. The looks are filled with popping violets, subtle navies, warm hunter greens, and bold burgundies. Of course there are also pops of some basics in black, white, gold, and red.
Geometric printed fit dress w/ mid-length sleeves, french pockets, high-waisted, & a slightly flared skirt
A-line Jacquard dress with contrasting colors and pockets @ the hip
Geometric African print in metals & earth tones on a long-sleeved, mid-calf, body-con dress
Silk asymmetrical maxi wrapdress with a layered left lapel & illustration of faces on a polka dot background, also with additional flowing silk strips of burgundy & fire-red @ hip
Colors and patterns are always a key focus, but one can’t overlook the textures and silhouettes within this collection. The pieces are draped & tailored into minimalist simplicity, which radiates positivity in sumptuous jacquard, tulle, & wool. Dresses are essential to the collection, in both form-fitting jersey mini-dresses and flowing maxi-dresses, which embody a 70’s style inspiration. I am such a sucker & fan for maxi dresses and the ones in this collection are to die for!!
Two-toned Jacquard A-line dress with silk turquoise shoulder details
Jacquard sporty bomber jacket w/ contrasting raglan sleeves & a geometric Jacquard patchwork dress
Dropped shoulder maxi dress in printed silk w/ artisan embroidery
Take a look also at the metallic festive-wear. The common trends & aesthetics are seen, but we are introduced to separates for the collection & some shimmering trousers! Very fun and of course festive!
Lightweight blouse w/ asymmetrical pop-art print of a lady’s face & polka dots, & trousers w/ galactic printed lame finish w/ a mandala printed sling bag
Hints of Mexican modernism, silk-blend top w/ a straight trouser in lame flora & fauna design
Long-sleeved, boat neck, short black jacket w/ hand-embroidered gold sequins, back of jacket & sleeves in gold lame, long black wide trousers in Jacquard w/ gold lame finish
Silk black maxi-dress with artisan embroidered gold sequins in baroque motifs
Then, don’t overlook the chic graphic coats. The coats & jackets are another aspect in the collection that is just spectacular, sophistication, but overlying the elements of fun in the collection.
Textured patchwork swing coat w/ a rabbit fur collar & one-of-a-kind jewel buttons
Hounds-tooth jacket with velvet flocking & black Punto-Roma shift dress w/ hounds-tooth circular appliques
Op-art over-sized polka dot Jacquard swing coat with full-length zipper
Generally a show is packed with major celebs, but it’s a step above when the runway models are also celebs in their own rights. And who could be any better than Candice Swanepoel, famous Victoria’s Secret model, who opened & closed the show.
Mini A-line dress in matte stretch satin w/ pop-art floral print on top of large polka dots
Kaleidoscope grey/black/white toned wrap coat with over-sized collar & leather details
Minidress in brown & copper-tones w/ stretch tulle yoke, crystal details & golden embroidery
Short-sleeved golden lame structured dress with a lowered waist & pleated above-the-knee skirt
There were some high profile names in attendance for the show as well! Those in attendance included Karolina Kurkova (wearing a Desigual jacket), Siva Kaneswaran of “The Wanted”, Jill Zarin, Adrienne Bailon of a new talk show “The Real” (wearing a Desigual dress), Jackie Cruz & Vicky Jeudy (each wearing Desigual, dress & jacket) of “Orange is the New Black”, and Stassi Schroeder (wearing a Desigual dress) of “Vanderpump Rules.”
A few other special shout-outs are for the gorgeous beauty looks with hair & make-up. The sometimes subtle, although other times dramatic make-up looks were created by M.A.C. Cosmetics team. The looks certainly were compatible with the overall vibe of the Desigual collection in that of a fun & fresh girl. The hair was styled by Danilo, the Pantene celebrity stylist & global ambassador. Great job for all of the flowing waves and curls!
And then, just for fun, here are a few more fave looks!
V-necklined maxi dress w/ geometric print against tuck pleat panels of black silk
Long-sleeved gauze dress w/ sequin embellishments on lace appliques, double layered back w/ large keyhole opening in top layer — Dani from ANTM!!
Ecru jacket w/ artisan embroidered gold sequins, back & sleeves in gold lame fabric, golden & bronze lame straight trousers