Rolando Santana showed his Spring Summer 2014 collection this past Fashion Week on an unseasonably hot day in September. This reporter likes to attend this show when she can, because the designer always manages to deliver down-to-earth, wearable clothes that still have a little zing. This Spring collection was an especial delight, because of the ease of the collection: the cuts of the skirts and the colors (lavenders, ivories, and yellows) in particular.
The show was held in a big white box on 22nd Street. After a ride on the freight elevator (which was actually very convenient), there was the scene one always takes in at a fashion show: thudding music, bloggers taking selfies, women in complicated shoes, and people in headsets scurrying to and fro. Ah, Fashion Week.
As the show began and evolved, this reporter was reminded of the places and events that make up springtime and warmer weather: Easter, weddings, yachts. These were clothes for ladies who go to charity dinners and lavish weddings, and who own pugs - and for women who aspire to be those things. All around, an accessible collection featuring a color scheme that would be very flattering with this reporter's skin tones, which is really all she cares about.
The first look was very sexy - a white leather top with a zipper and buckle straps, completed by a pencil skirt. This would be good to wear to a board meeting in April, or to issue an ultimatum to someone in a botanical garden. A sack dress featuring a yellow and white sequin pattern would be the thing to wear to a bachelorette party in April. And a tank dress with a feather hem would be a wonderful thing to wear when getting engaged.
This reporter looks forward to when this collection hits stores. She may buy most of it.