LFW, SS2014, Womenswear – #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. Jonathan Saunders

Jonathan Saunders2One and a half years on since Jonathan Saunders won British Vogue’s prestigious fashion fund award and it would seem that the man is putting his well-earned money to good use. For SS 2014 his sleek shapes and varied use of colour continue to reign supreme but alongside them lies a new found confidence. Sportswear intertwines with day dresses effortlessly and opium flowers are going to be all the rage next summer – don’t you know.

2. Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Vivienne WestwoodYou can always rely on Vivienne-i-will-save-the-world-Westwood to bang on about climate change. Every season she uses her Red label as a platform to promote ethical design and shun consumerism – which is rather good, when you think about global warming and all that. This season, Westwood had her models wear make-up in the style of animals caught in headlights to symbolise trapped climate change refugees. The clothes were also good.

3. Paul Smith

Paul SmithI’ve always been a sucker for a power suit. A man looks sexy in a suit, but, when done right, a woman looks ten times sexier. I’ve also always been a sucker for a shirt dress. This is seen less often on men but is also a very sexy look. In a somewhat ingenious move Paul Smith decided to feature both in his latest collection. That and some killer graphic mini dresses make this Smith’s best collection in years.

4. Giles

GilesKisses. Bats. Glenn Luchford photography blown up to eye-catching proportions over impeccable shift dresses. Giles had it all this season. In a collection said to have been inspired by melancholy Deacon somehow found the light. Oversized tea shades gave each outfit a playful edge and the stand-out look, a beautiful pale pink ruched dress, was livened up by sheer kiss embossed sleeves. Good job, Giles.

5. Christopher Kane

Christopher KaneSex education – not the most obvious choice of inspiration for a collection and yet one all the better for it. At school I found sex education pretty naff – firstly, it was taught by our school chaplain, and secondly, as a gay boy, it wasn’t exactly catered to my needs. Sex education in this country is pretty useless and yet it needn’t be. Sex can and should be a beautiful thing and Kane illustrates this through his floral SS wear. Kane – you’re the man.

So there we have it – five of the best collections at LFW 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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