You didn’t need Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” — not that anyone minded when it came on — to tell you that Jonathan Saunders’ Spring 2014 collection is all about the ‘70s man. From the very first looks — color-blocked jackets in khaki and magenta that could have come from Dad’s closet, tinted Cutler & Gross sunglasses, heavy platform wedges — the retro vibe came on strong.
Going back in time can be risky — take it too far, and it reads costume-y. Fortunately, Saunders steered clear of too literal an interpretation (buh-bye, bellbottoms) and added some fresh elements of his own. Case in point: Silky pajama-esque track suits — the new leisure suit, perhaps? — and lace-panelled dresses that echoed crochet frocks of decades past minus the crafty effect.
Palette wise, the designer primarily stuck to a muted range of apricots, powder blues, and tans spiked with shots of magenta. His go-to ombre prints here suggested watching the sunset with Stevie Nicks in tow, while sheer-sleeved blouses and a shimmery foil skirt added a touch of '70s-issue glam.
And, while much of the FROW (Suki Waterhouse, Olivia Palermo, Daisy Lowe, Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor) were sporting sky-high Louboutins, Saunders' collaboration with the footwear guru culminated in white padded sandals and that '70s mainstay, chunky brown leather wedges. Some versions were adorned with fringe, upping the retro quotient.