Adolfo Sanchez Spring/Summer 2014

Dana Reszutek

Adolfo Sanchez’s Spring/Summer collection, presented at The Out NYC, took audiences to the metallic world of a regal garden party. Surrounded by mirrors, black and white curtains, and grass that climbed from the ground to the walls surrounding the stage, viewers were able to observe Sanchez’s statuesque pieces, which featured a palette of metallic, white, black, and teal.

The Los Angeles-based designer presented an array of cuts in his collection, from simple A-line dresses and cigarette pants, to peplum jackets, and fitted bodices with structural detailing. But it was the textile choice that truly made this Sanchez collection stand out. Intense, metallic fabrics were used to make form-fitting, structured pieces, including a bronze, form-fitting bodice with a geometric shoulder detail, and nude high-waist shorts. A sheer paneled maxi dress paired with a leather jacket with molded, painted, leather fringe detailing on the shoulders was another stand out at the presentation.

The models sported high ponytails or pinned-back hair, which accentuated their soft, luminous makeup, reflecting the sunlight from their cheekbones and dresses, creating a true metallic feel. Though accessories were minimal, some models sported avant-garde sunglasses, which were adorned with pearls and metals, strengthening the textile sported in the outfit worn. The sunglasses were a collaboration between Sanchez and sunglass designer, Stevie Boi.

“The whole concept of this collection was very much armor driven,” said Sanchez, explaining his choice of textiles and composition.  “I worked with many materials, such as chiffons and sequins, but I took these materials and manipulated them by dipping them in a solution, to create these hardened, armor-like structures, giving the pieces the look and feel of metal.”

The combination of the metallic, armored look, paired with soft chiffon skirts, sheer paneling, or fitted shorts, created an ultra-feminine warrior look for the modern woman.

Dana Reszutek is a staff writer. Email her at [email protected]