#bestinshow is a feature in which Prancing Through LIFE contributors collate their five favourite collections from New York, London, Paris and Milan each season. We could go on about it a bit more but that’s about it really.
1. Alexander Wang
Almost a year since being appointed as Creative Director of Balenciaga, it’s safe to say that Alexander Wang’s own eponymous label is becoming of equal interest in fashion to Balenciaga itself. Luckily for Wang he has enough creativity in him to support both brands. SS 2014 sees Wang revive ‘logomania’ with great subtlety. Instead of detracting from his look the logos complete them and that ‘explicit content’ tee is sure to sell world over.
‘I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire // Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar’. Having made a name for themselves creating unconventional ethereal looks, it’s nice to see the Mulleavy sisters branch out a bit. The unconventionality still remains but in place of their angelic creations – lies an array of animalistic masterpieces. Katy Perry – take note, these girls could make quite the tour costumes.
3. Helmut Lang
Helmut Lang – it’s a good name, isn’t it? The kind of name which conjures up soothing thoughts of fashion when said aloud. The kind of name which connotes contemporary design. The kind of name which one associates with carefully constructed clothing of masterful proportions, clothing which experiments in texture and partners monochrome with attention-grabbing fuchsia. Helmut Lang – it’s a very good name indeed.
4. Proenza Schouler
The origin of Proenza Schouler’s name is rather lovely. It derives from its designers’, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, mothers’ maiden names. Take that patriarchy. Anyway Proenza Schouler has made quite the name for itself in the decade and a bit since its inception – and with that time comes maturity. The colour clashes may have gone but experimentation still rules. Cotton crepe/velvet combos – we think so.
5. Diane Von Furstenburg
In a season of subdued tones, one can’t help but long for colour. Fortunately, chromophobic queen of NYC, Diane Von Furstenberg, has provided us with just that. Her SS 2014 ‘Oasis’ collection has everything you want: knee-length crimson playsuits, two-tone figure hugging maxis, rich jewel encrusted shift dresses – the list goes on. Her a-list crew – Karlie Kloss, Naomi Campbell, Ming Xi etc. – look rather good, don’t they?
So there we have it – five of the best collections at NYFW SS2014.
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