PFW, SS2014, Menswear – #bestinshow

In #bestinshow, ART & FASHION, Features, HOME by Sam Prance

#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. Comme des Garçons Homme Plus

Comme des Garcons Homme PlusParis fashion week is renowned for being the chicest of all fashion weeks. You can’t help but feel a little bit gauche when you look at Parisian fashion. That’s why it’s always nice to see someone present Parisian chic in a left-of-centre kind of way. One woman who does this rather well is Rei Kawakubo and her SS 2014 collection for Comme des Garçons Homme Plus is no exception. It’s pirate chic all the way.

2. Dior Homme

Dior HommeOn the slightly more traditional side of fashion we have Dior Homme: a brand which oozes chic. For the upcoming season Kris Van Assche presents us with high quality staple pieces, and yet, in doing so, he plays with preconceptions. Alongside classic suits lie jumpers with graphic printing and bomber jackets with leather lapels. These along with his short short and smart shoe combos make the prospect of SS 2014 quite exciting.

3. Dries Van Noten

Dries Van NotenIn women’s SS fashion florals are always something of a staple. Mens fashion, however, tends to be less keen on the idea. Florals are often referenced but not exploited. In spite of this, Dries Van Noten shows us this season why florals are in fact the business. Whether it’s on top of velvet green backgrounds or embossed on blazers and coats – Noten’s florals look great and will no doubt be seen a lot come SS 2014.

4. Givenchy

Givenchy1Givenchy. Givenchy. Ricardo Tisci at Givenchy. Sounds pretty good right? Well as well as sounding like he belongs at Givenchy, Ricardo Tisci proves that he does season upon season through his designs. SS 2014 sees the mastermind turn his artistry to tribalism – techno-tribalism that is – and in leggings and skirts Tisci proves that he cannot only make male clothing traditionally associated with women look manly but covetable too.

5. John Galliano

John GallianoIt was only natural that after Galliano’s 2012 arrest all attention would surround over who would replace him at Dior. Dior is a bigger brand than John Galliano. That being said John Galliano the brand certainly deserves attention – and, in Galliano’s absence, Bill Gayten has been doing a good job of things. This season Gayten adds youth to the Galliano look – a move which will leave arty young adults pining to lounge in his suits all summer long.

So there we have it – five of the best collections at PFW SS2014.

Sam Prance

Sam Prance is the editor of Prancing Through LIFE. He studies French and Italian at Edinburgh University. His favourite film is American Beauty and he has Madonna marathons far too often. He is currently writing this auto-bio in the third person. He will now stop writing this third person auto-bio in order to save himself some embarrassment.

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