PFW, SS2015, Menswear – #bestinshow

In #bestinshow, ART & FASHION, Features, HOME by Charlotte Dawnay

#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. Umit Benan

10461848_10154339038920370_572765629_nWho would have thought that teal pinstripe could work so well? Umit Benan knows exactly how sportswear for the sophisticated gentleman should be done. Using a spectrum of blue and green of the Cote d’Azure, from periwinkle to indigo, Benan makes every outfit look fresh while sticking with accents of the crispest white. I really enjoy the statement of bold colour on formal wear, but the overruling sporty mood toned down the loudness without paling the palette in a way that I found really refreshing.

2. Paul Smith

10486837_10154339038580370_783188468_nThis collection has everything I love in the world of textile and print – sexy silks and satins, STRIPES (my one true graphic love), a bit of ombre (in rainbow colours to keep it playful rather than depasse) and an awesome hand illustration reminiscent of that time Harry Styles wore that Ashley Williams T shirt at Topshop’s last S/S show. But the most important thing for me was that everything looked comfortable. Plus, by wearing a little bit of unexpected colour such as a the Paul Smith ombre scarf, one looks fashion forward and not a bit gaudy. Top marks for Mr Paul Smith.

3. Y-3

10508350_10154339038185370_1506534694_nYohji Yamamoto’s latest collection in collaboration with ADIDAS ticks all the boxes: there’s florals, metallics, many a jacket and also some tailoring thrown into the mix of  the predominant tone of classic mens sportswear. I loved the dramatic opening of all-black-everything ensembles which relaxed into a silvery metallic shirt layered over a golden floral print. It was new, but also familiar as sportswear did what it does best, making the avant-garde into the everyday simply with the addition of a slick pair of sneakers. Also note Yamamoto’s interesting take on the pool slide – with a textured lining on the soles and asymmetrical strapping.

4. Ami

10489194_10154339037720370_353609553_nThis was definitely the collection which stood out as having a teen-vibe, a collection very much aimed at reworking the typical college outfit and generally celebrating youth culture. It was sassy – the models had evidently been briefed by designer Alexandre Matiussi to wear a cheeky smirk in order to get the mood across. These clothes aren’t serious, but they do look sexy. Love the fluro orange coat, and wish I could pull it off. Plus, who on earth couldn’t adore a striped man clutch?

5. Miharayasuhiro

10520876_10154339039720370_1118082029_nSo I found this collection very interesting. It was artistic – if you thought there couldn’t be another way to ‘do’ denim, then think again, because Mihara has succeeded in creating a sort of delicate patchwork of one shade with the anomaly of a square of black or print. Also had you noticed that white shin-length socks are coming back in? Wimbledon wear seems to be leading the worldwide trends and I ain’t complaining.

Charlotte Dawnay

Charlotte Dawnay is the ART & FASHION Editor of Prancing Through LIFE. She also studies French and Spanish at Edinburgh University. She loves the work of surrealist artist Joan Miró and has a terrible addiction to avocado. This we’ve noticed is a common problem and although we cannot recommend anything to treat this addiction, we do sympathise.

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