Son Jung Wan Spring 2014: A relaxed, glamorous Moroccan vacation

The finale of the Son Jung Wan Morocco-inspired Spring 2014 collection. (photo by Semon Tam for Meniscus Magazine)
The finale of the Son Jung Wan Morocco-inspired Spring 2014 collection. (photo by Semon Tam for Meniscus Magazine)

Son Jung Wan’s signature feminine style blended naturally with the romanticism of Morocco and the desert to create a relaxed, but nevertheless glamorous, vacation vibe in her Spring/Summer 2014 women’s collection.  Son had been inspired by artists for the past two seasons, but in an interview with Meniscus Magazine, she spoke of her love of the cities and landscapes of Morocco, and how she wanted to replicate the colors she had seen there.

Son continued her Fall 2013 collection’s minimalist classic cuts in solid colors – albeit in lighter fabrics – for the pieces that opened the runway show.  Loose linen and silk pieces in off-white, dove grey, lemon yellow and a boho Moroccan tile print set the collection’s easy tone.  One can imagine donning an oversized pair of round black sunglasses while wearing a similarly oversized sunhat and Son’s off-white wide-legged jumpsuit (with legs cut so wide that it sashays with the fullness of a maxi dress) for a walk through the energetic open-air markets of Marrakech.  Outfits like this jumpsuit and a gloriously sequined coral mini-dress with open weave leather trim at the hem fit perfectly with the designer’s aesthetic.

The introduction of sunset-hued stripes and geometric cutouts in the second half seemed to be an appeal to a younger and more daring audience.  On a citron jacquard cocoon dress, a deep V plunged below the bust and cutouts appeared at the waist, while another dress had zig-zagged cutouts accented by metal beads across its front.

Son’s five menswear looks scattered throughout the show segued much better into this collection than in past seasons, when they sometimes felt like afterthoughts to the womenswear.  They were able to stand on their own, such as the sunset-dyed shirt with metal side details worn with white shorts.  Son revealed to Meniscus that she would someday like to have a separate menswear collection as well, because “men like to look good, and sexy, luxurious and elegant [too].”

Photos: Son Jung Wan Spring 2014 – New York Fashion Week
all photos by Semon Tam for Meniscus Magazine