Candela’s Spring/Summer 2013 presentation had a garden party setting with models all posed upon a white gazebo, adorned with flowers. This was actually the first presentation I’d attended at New York Fashion Week that reminded me that the week was dedicated to Spring fashion. The collection featured art deco, bohemian and Western elements with a touch of whimsy. Models either had their hair braided or left down in that undone-but-done manner, I recall seeing a beaded pony on the back of a khaki jacket and at least one model was wearing a big straw hat with flowers — as if she’d gone out into a field and attached the flowers to the hat herself just before the presentation.
Despite the whimsy, the collection was also very romantic. Romance came in the form of a mostly soft palette of white, cream, nude and floral prints. There was heavy use of lace, chiffon, silk and satin. Ruffles showed up on a cream colored prairie skirt and flirty deco beaded evening dress. A white ribbon yarn cable knit sweater worn over a full length hand beaded sequined gown softened its art deco look.
What I loved most about the collection was that its beauty was effortless. You could put on an oversized sweater over a dress and the look would still appear glamorous.
Here are some photos I managed to take at the presentation:
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