Hawaii is cool. Not resort Hawaii but local. Between the weather and the surfers, heaven on earth for those of us from Seattle. Direct flights in the same time as a trip to the East Coast. The fabled North Shore of Oahu was host this weekend to an incredible girls trip, honoring a very special birthday girl. As homage to this getaway, it only seemed logical to spotlight the influence the 50th state has on modern fashion.
Fashion has had a long love affair with floral prints. Somehow they always seem current. Whether an oversized cabbage rose print or a graphic hibiscus, blossoms have stood the test of time and become a mainstay season after season. With their bold colors and tropical prints, Hawaiian fabrics have been used in a multitude of ways over the years. More recently designers have fused the spirit of the islands into their collections, proving that a good thing is hard to let go of.
Take the 2014 Prada resort collection. Once again Miuccia proves with great bravado, that she is a woman who designs smart, chic clothes that women want to wear. Prada sent her fresh-faced models down the runway with her tough girl take on the classic Hawaiian looks one might find in a thrift shop and mixed them with a hard modern edge. The styling of loose beachy hair mixed perfectly with the lace up shoes, chunky jewelry and brilliantly printed bags and luggage. These are the cool girls you notice, and never forget. The resort market has become big business in recent years. With many designers now showing their resort collections in live shows, rather than showroom presentations. With this particular resort collection, Prada is suggesting you go away in style. We agree.
- Andrew Fox