This spring, Cynthia Rowley channels Hawai'i

On Trend with Meleana Estes

Vivid, graphic, global and bold all describe the patterns that graced the Spring/Summer 2014 runways last fall. Prints usually are prominent in the Spring/Summer repertoire. However, this season, prints were the driving force for the entire collection, rather than a detail on a dominating shape or silhouette.

Emilio Pucci, a name synonymous with bold prints, took a tribal approach using Masai embroidery on skirts and fringe trim to a top to add an Aztec flare to their quintessential style.

In recent years, our own Hawai’i has proved to be a source of inspiration for designers. Take, for example, Stella McCartney’s mirrored palm prints of Spring 2012 or Mara Hoffman’s Spring 2013 show complete with ‘ukulele troop and pikake lei to compliment her “Aloha”-inspired theme.

This year, Cynthia Rowley’s homage to Hawai’i is my favorite yet. Might she have made a trip to the Bishop Museum’s Hawaiian quilt collection to inspire her collection? Long ruffled skirts and ’50s fit and flare dresses decorated with patterns that bore an uncanny resemblance to the geometric quilted ‘ulu (bread-fruit) pattern graced Rowley’s runway.

Abstract, graphic art characterized another bold direction designers were taking with their looks. Bold brush strokes and primary hues took over Celine’s typically tailored silhouettes. And watching Muccia Prada’s runway was simultaneously both fashion show and gallery viewing with many of her dresses acting as canvases for striking paintings of abstract women.

Join in this season’s expansive creative license taken with textiles, by investing in that piece that may be the brightest in your closet or by dressing up one of your grandmother’s mu’umu’u for your next big night out.

MeleanaEstesPunahou grad and Fashion Institute of Technology alum Meleana Estes gives us her take on the hottest runway trends. A trendsetter in her own right, her designs for her eponymous handbag line and modern take on resort attire for aloha wear purveyor Manuheali’i have garnered rave reviews.



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