Philosophy by Natalie Ratabesi Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2014 New York
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In just two seasons newly appointed creative director Natalie Ratabesi has been like a breath of fresh air for the Philosophy brand. A fact that felt almost literal with the designer’s sophomore collection for the house.
   
Showed in a brightly lit “light box” of a room, Ratabesi sent out a collection that was fresh, clean and feminine. Playing with asymmetry, floating easy fabrics like organza, silk, and cotton and proportions that moved from fitted knit dresses to wide legged pants and tunic tops, the designer was able to convey a sense of youthful romanticism and modernity that felt calmly original.

There was also a play on melding opaque and transparent fabrics that ran as a thread throughout the collection and help hold it together. A sheer organza top would come with a modesty-protecting bib of white cotton. And then there were sporty tops that left modesty at the door, sheer enough to leave nothing to the imagination. The outfit’s pants and flyaway coat being the only cover up items on offer.  

If there was a misstep in this collection of tranquil  pieces it would have to be the drawstring details on a pair of city shorts or woven into the top of a baggy green dress. It was a distraction and pulled the audience out of the restful state this show had lulled them into.

- Jessica Michault

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