RAOUL, Singapore’s global fashion label, unveiled its Spring 2014 Collection during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. This is the brand’s second year presenting at the New York Fashion Week.
The RAOUL showroom in Manhattan was briefly transformed into a space reminiscent of pop art galleries as an army of models dressed in their Spring Summer 2014 collection quickly filled the room. Though inspired by retro decades of 60’s and 70’s – from it’s geometric cuts to the hues used – it also projects a futuristic feel to it. Raoul brought together the aesthetics of two decades evoking a sense of familiarity to the chic-minded and then propelled it to the present century – refreshed, revived and with the mathematical precision of clean lines and minimal embellishments, giving the looks a modern feel.
RAOUL’s Creative Director, Odile Benjamin pulls together a versatile range of highly wearable 60s-style shifts, A-line skirts, soft pressed-flower trousers, matt and metallic-like leather separates. Bright neon orange and Hockney blue contrasting with monochrome, grey and white, helped liven up the collection, as did bold cut-outs that skirted the hems and baseline of tops.
RAOUL’s easy-to-wear designs featuring geometric shapes and bold colors, was largely influenced by Ben Nicholson, a British painter well known for his geometric and abstract reliefs. Other major inspirations for the collection were Nicholson’s wife, sculptor Barbara Hepworth, and pop artist Bridget Riley.