Raoul was one of the first shows of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014, presenting its latest collection at Lincoln Center's Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse early on day 1. The Ready-to-Wear collection was heavy with graphic print black-and-white pieces later incorporating yellow and blue accents. The palette was a stark contrast to other pieces that transitioned into evening wear, featuring muted jewel tones and pastels.
Creative Director Odile Benjamin cited multiple references for the collection including the "Weiner Werkstatte movement", sculptor John Chamberlain, and "meteorites". A single, more focused point of inspiration may have served the designer well; individually the pieces are attractive but looking at the collection as a whole it was hard not to feel a disconnect. Some silhouettes leaned more towards mod (my fave) while others had a sleek, modern-esque feel. But such a broad range of styles does also have the upside of being able to cater to a lot of different women and tastes.
This season also marks the second time that the Singapore-based label has presented an accessories collection, having collaborated once before with Parisian designer Raphael Young for Pre-Fall 2014. Arguably the strongest vision of the entire presentation, the handbags and shoes were totally on-trend with their edgy, urban-chic vibe.
Photos courtesy of Raoul.