Rolando Santana hasn't been on the New York fashion front for very long, only showing during New York Fashion Week for the past couple of years. But his Fall 2014 collection is a step in the right direction to becoming a lasting fixture on the scene and highlighted the designer's talent for clean lines and minimalism.
Presented in a runway show at Eyebeam Studios yesterday, the Rolando Santana Fall 2014 collection was a stark, moody palette of mostly black and white with scatterings of muted blue. Prints were few to be seen, with the exception of a bare branch pattern drawn out on a few of the pieces. This was a smart move on Santana's part because it allowed for consistency in a collection that was otherwise a veritable mix of silhouettes and attitudes -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing, either. For a relatively new designer on the runway front he presents a lot of options that could appeal to a broad spectrum of clients.
Dresses varied from slim, classic silhouettes to fit-and-flare and even a couple of evening gowns. Slim cigarette pants and loose-fitting trousers drawn in at the waist were paired with everything from sleeveless tops to turtlenecks. Santana also played with varying hemlines; while most of the skirts dropped just above the knee, flared mini-skirts offered a fun, youthful vibe. Santana also took full advantage of the fall season layering in jackets and outerwear, and I have to give him bonus points for adding texture with sequins, leather, feathers, and fur but still managing to keep the overall feel modest. This designer still has room to grow, and in executing his vision some pieces lacked the refinement that you would expect from a high end designer. But Santana's cuts are precise, the looks are styled elegantly, and when put together this all speaks to his potential for future successes.