It’s a rare day in fashion when you get to deem a collection completely transparent without being banned from the show the following season, but for the spring/summer 14 women’s collections it wouldn’t be wrong, nor would it be rude. Because not since Cher did the 80s has the fashion world seen so many skinny tall girls in see-through garments. From dresses (everywhere) to shoes (Ann Demeulemeester) and even headwear (Simone Rocha), translucency made its spring/summer 14 arrival crystal clear, and made sure to provide the fashion press with enough puns to last the season.
For fashion’s number one tech fiend, one Herr Karl Lagerfeld, the element of translucency wasn’t used to sex things up, but rather to create a layer of softness over the geometrical computer chip patterns on dresses such as look twenty in the Fendi collection, which paid a sneaky nod to another spring/summer 14 favourite, namely orange. What was also brilliant about the show was that transparency easily became an excuse to wear two dresses at the same time, or create seemingly endless layers with all translucent separates, dresses and outerwear in a single look. Clever Karl.