Right, so Balenciaga might’ve not been my fav SS14 collection but who am I to question the work of the garment wizard that is Alexander Wang?! Wang took over at the helm as Balenciaga’s creative director, replacing Nicolas Ghesquière, back in 2012 and the SS14 show was his first womenswear show since being given that grandiose title. Technicalities out the way, phew. Less of the informative chat, let’s talk about those clothes. Gaga for Balenciaga, I am!
They’ve done it again. Weep. I am filled with joy, awe, longing and sadness as I see the sartorially super Sass & Bide Spring 2014 ‘Freetown’ collection make its way up the catwalk, down the catwalk and into the backstage area where it will delicately wrapped up, boxed up and shipped off. “Why does that make you sad, you irrational human bean?”, I hear you cry. Well, absolutely nowhere in that somewhat simplified description of the fashion week process do those garms adorn my body.
You’re about to do battle with the sun; your body is adorned with the armour of a rainbow warrior and not much else, except for maybe some killer lace-up heels in an array of taupe, tango and intarsia-appropriate hues. Rock-hard abs and legs of a VS angel not compulsory, because Mara Hoffman’s RTW Spring 2014 collection was all about relinquishing the regular and embracing the hippy aesthetic.