W118 by Walter Baker’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection is by far the loudest, most vibrant work of Walter Baker I’ve ever witnessed. It’s a good thing, because it was really evident that music served as an inspiration to the collection. For the presentation, the models stood on a v-shaped platform in front of a DJ duo spinning the most upbeat electronic dance music. Model bobbed their heads to the music and wore headphones that were connected by brightly colored wires hooking up to the spinning DJs. So far this week, this presentation setup has been the most creative I’ve seen.
Several messages about fashion and music were really clear in this collection. Though music spans many different cultures, they’re all pulled together in modern fashion forward looks. I would’ve never guessed it, but pairing ikat prints and digitally printed multicolored floral prints are an unexpected match! Silhouettes remained loose, demonstrating the freedom of music. The colors of the collection were bright and bold. Pieces that were neutral colored were at least punctuated by a bright neon accessory. I found myself very drawn to a structured neon orange bag. Also, these parrot printed pants:
This coming Spring, I’m going after parrot-printed anything. Aside from colors, there was quite the variety of textures going on. Some looks featured square perforated sheaths, mesh and lace. While this might make the collection seem all over the place, I felt like there was at least one element in the styling that made it all seem like one unified collection inspired by music.
Hands down my favorite Walter Baker collection! I’m so excited for Spring!
Here are some photos I managed to take at the presentation:
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