Melinda Gloss‘s Autumn / Winter 2014 show was set against the backdrop of a wintry landscape of grey skies, naked branches and fallen leaves. The theme was underlined by a range of natural shades such as emerald, forest green, stone grey and navy. The only print of the collection was a graphic representation of a tree stitched onto jumpers, further reinforcing a connection to nature.

Models alternately embodied outdoorsy explorers and urban dwellers. For the country mouse, a grey fur-trimmed parka worn with an icy white turtleneck and sunglasses suggested cross-country skiing exploration. The look was completed by athletic-inspired pants that had stripes running along the sides of the legs (also seen at Icosphere this season), evocative of late ’90s Adidas track suits. Meanwhile the city mouse was clad in woollen pea coats and leather bomber jackets, perfect for an elegant night out on the town. Dark jacket and coat sleeves were rolled up, allowing colourful jumpers to peek out. Although some of the clothes weren’t intended for open air activities, the materials – wool, suede and sheepskin – retained a strong affiliation to nature.

Marie-ève Rochon

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