Raoul Fall 2014: All shook up

A mixture of inspirations and directions took attendees on a drive from one point of reference to the next at the Raoul Fall 2014 presentation, creating a somewhat confusing collection that was bound mainly by its overall feel of irreverent luxury.  Just when you thought you understood the ‘60s inspired cuts and Marimekko-like flowers falling across one dress and laser-cut around the collar of another, you found yourself staring at a fantastically ostrich-feathered black maxi skirt worn with a speckled black short sleeve sweater, perfect for a charity ball (although perhaps not one for the Audubon Society).

Despite a lack of cohesiveness as a collection, every piece was wearable on its own or paired as styled in the label’s first effort at Lincoln Center.  The husband-and-wife design team of Douglas and Odile Benjamin put forward some interesting ideas for fall.  Culottes appeared in a handful of outfits, perhaps as a classy autumn response to the loose sportswear trend prominent this spring.  Meanwhile, a harlequin-inspired series of separates offered a different perspective on the traditional pairing of black and white.

Raphael Young, the label’s new shoe and handbags designer, created safe pieces that furthered the youthful feel of the clothes.  One standout was a pair of white ponyhair heels with contrasting gold metallic block wedge.

Photos: Raoul Fall 2014 – New York Fashion Week
all photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine

 

Video: Raoul Fall 2014 – New York Fashion Week
video by Mai Chan / Meniscus Magazine