Sometimes a garment can take you places, transporting you into another land simply by the atmosphere it creates; In A Détacher’s case, each piece does just that. And juxtaposed with music by Ben Brunnemer- a collage of native drums, airplanes flying overhead and suspenseful rhythms- the atmosphere of the show was set.
The a Détacher Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection, aptly named “Travel and Camouflage”, takes you on a dark and mysterious expedition with each look having its own unique destination. From pantsuits to ponchos, cocoon dresses to peek-a-boo pleat pants, each look has definitive intentions for a specific place on the map and has a vibe that would make you ineffably curious about the person wearing it.
The color palette was kept muted with brown, black and navy, and a striking blood-orange hue added a necessary punch to several looks. The print utilized in many of the garments had its own brand of mystery: Paint strokes? Animal print? Tie-dye? Its ability to be undefined, as is the case with the collection as a whole, is what makes the a Détacher collection so endearing. In addition to the uniform colors and prints, what unifies the collection further is a structural element in each garment that provides new shapes without veering too far from classic, flattering silhouettes.
Theme: Each look seems to be cloaked in one way or another, making them decidedly mysterious in appearance. It’s like the wardrobe of one world-traveler with twenty different aliases, yet her inherent style remains the same.
Elements: Breaking down the looks, the elements that stood out the most were the color-blocked bibs, structured necklines that I can only describe as bustier negatives and the blood-orange accents, found hiding behind pleats and in stripes and scarves.
Accessories: Neutral mesh bags, black clutches, knit beanies, fringed scarves and shield necklaces
Beauty: The makeup was minimal with a nude lip, pale eyeshadow and a defined dark brow. And I can only describe the hair as a two-toned bedhead mullet, but wildly enough, it works.
Stand-outs: The printed jumpsuit, the light brown cocoon dress and the striped blouse with high-rise pants.
By Whitney S. Williams
Photos by Whitney S. Williams