Wearing a sunshine-yellow gown, Kerry Washington provided the first look at Jason Wu’s resort 2014 collection at the CFDAs earlier this week. The rest of the collection was filled with graphic botanical-print separates and other dresses we’ll see on a red carpet, probably, as the designer stuck to his signature of femininity mixed with sex appeal. A black-and-white bralette paired with a rich green patent leather skirt was yet another take on the navel-baring trend.
In contrast to the bold prints, Ralph Lauren’s collection of quiet separates was reminiscent of the clothes a ballerina would choose to wear off-duty. Pale-pink wrap sweaters, leggings, and airy chiffon pieces opened the collection before moving into darker evening staples. One black silk shift was simply tied with a gold belt and featured a hint of menswear styling with a sharply tailored collar.
Over at Tibi, Amy Smilovic found inspiration in the utilitarian jumpsuits worn by painters, also showing paint-splattered pants, sweaters, and jackets. The popular tea-length skirt that debuted during last year’s resort season was reimagined in bold splashes of red, black, and white. Worn with a matching jacket, it’s especially striking. But it was also seen with a simple black crop top, revealing that currently popular narrow sliver of abdomen.