Angel Sanchez presented his Fall 2014 collection today entitled "Dark Innocence". As the name would indicate, the show was a contradiction of sorts. Sanchez cited "a conservative, demure woman" as his inspiration this season, but once the show started it had me wondering just what kind of dirty secrets said "woman" might be hiding.
There couldn't have been a more appropriate word possible than"dark" used to describe this collection, which was nearly all black accented with the occasion sprinkling of gunmetal. Except for a couple of jewel-tone dresses, the palette was completely void of color and made a sharp transition into white for the final few looks, translating Sanchez's vision of a woman transforming from "sinner" to "saint". The collection was far from monastical, however, and the designer makes being bad look oh-so-good with his penchant for structured silhouettes and subdued elegance. "Conservative" was also not on my radar as I watched the show; modern, architectural lines left shoulders exposed, draped into plunging necklines, and formed cutouts just revealing enough to tease. Yet the modest hemlines and precise tailoring we've come to expect from Sanchez offered enough refinement for a comme il faut lady.
Few materials scream "sin" like leather and Sanchez incorporated it heavily throughout the collection, experimenting with several applications. It was woven, draped, and layered, but always manipulated in a way so as not to detract from the overall look. Elbow-length fingerless gloves in black leather were a fun and dramatic way to accessorize, turning up the edge on looks that could otherwise be perceived as quiet.
Angel Sanchez's Fall 2014 collection could evoke feelings of lust and envy in even the most angelic of women. Only one question remains: would you rather be a sinner, or a saint?