The samba and Latin America set the tone for the spring/summer 2013 Escada Sport collection, which was shown at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin this morning. Inspired by Central American cultures who reflect their feelings through the colours they wear, designer Madelaine Schaefer chose Guatemalan prints and patterns as her starting point for this ‘happy’ collection.
Although bold prints and colour were to follow, the clean, tailored yet feminine style Escada is known for was emphasised in the first looks down the runway. Wide-brimmed, floppy straw hats topped all-white trouser suits and bat-wing tops, which featured hints of the embroidery to come.
Bursts of orange, red and yellow followed in looks made of one colour, layered in knitted cardigans, sheer tops and relaxed trousers. Eventually the colour and prints that inspired the collection made their way onto the runway and the full Latin American influence could be seen in ikat print skirts and embroidered flowers with Escada stripes mixed in.
The happy collection culminated with bold statements of colour, all-over stripes and pattern which would have been overpowering had it not been for the streamlined Escada silhouette.