Douglas Hannant Spring 2014

In true jet set style, designer Douglas Hannat vaca'd in the Canary Islands islands last year and was so inspired by the landscape he actually used it as the influence behind his Spring 2014 collection.  But don't be mislead by the term "island" -- there wasn't a hibiscus print or beaded shell necklace in sight.  Instead, Hannant's palette was made up of pinks and oranges, blues, neutrals, and gold that hinted at sun, sea, and sand.

Douglas Hannant heads to lunch post-show.
Douglas Hannant heads to lunch post-show.

Douglas Hannant is a label that's more about timeless sophistication than being trendy, and the Spring collection continues that standard with lean lines and elegant draping .   Scanning the crowd I observed Hannant's loyal "ladies-who-lunch" society set scattered along the front row just waiting to find the latest additions to their wardrobes.  Hannant is invariably apropos for the uptown girl; made up mostly of dresses, the collection will no doubt be a go-to for benefit luncheons and opening nights.

Hannant may lean toward the conservative, but there's a little dash in the details.  While I wasn't surprised to see jackets paired over matching knee-length skirts and slim pants, cute leather-trimmed shorts and effortless camis were a fresh take on classic looks that I could see appealing to a younger set.  Reflective metallics added dimension layered with tweed, chiffon, silk, and lace.  There were also a few form fitting or strapless dresses featuring transparent chiffon and unconventional shapes, giving some more seductive options among otherwise modest looks.