The line of clothing produced by Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein is young, spirited, and always full of energy and their spring/summer 2014 collection is no different in that regard than those of previous seasons. What we do see with this particular showing, however, is how the pair are growing, both in terms of artistic vision as well as ability to engage more challenging silhouettes.
How does all that growth mesh with a line known for its sporty aesthetic? Quite well, in this case. Starting from a basic black and white palette, the pair play it cool to start with very casual, easy-to-wear knit dresses and separates. Slowly, they add elements such as A-line skirts and sheer mesh panels. Then, there’s a laser cut out at the waist of a dress and the crop tops that have been so popular this season come into play. What, their is a requirement that everyone have a floral print in the collection? Okay, the team tosses in a print that not only has petals, but stems and leaves, just like a real garden.
The few pieces of menswear in this collection are a little understated. There’s one denim set topped by a black sport coat that almost looks Amish in its plainness. But then, one almost gets the feeling that the only reason there are men’s pieces in the collection to begin with is so that guys will have something to look through while their girlfriends are shopping.
The strongest pieces of this collection are the dresses, though there really isn’t any aspect that is weak or unwearable. What the dresses offer are a more flowing and airy silhouette, something that is very important in warmer climates, especially for active young women. There is plenty of movement to these dresses, and even a touch of elegance with the dark blue finale piece.
The challenge for people in the Midwest is finding the clothes. There’s only one store in Chicago that carries the line. It is actually easier to find the collection in the South, with stores in Charlston, Dallas, and of all places, Tulsa. Fortunately, one can shop the collection online starting in March.