MFW, 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. Fausto Puglisi

Fausto PuglisiSS 2014 marked the debut of Fausto Puglisi’s first runway show. It marked the debut of a pretty fabulous collection. Clothes should make you feel something and this collection makes you feel empowered. From revealing maxi skirts to open leather bras – Puglisi’s designs are not for the faint-hearted. However, the genius is in the fact that what could look degrading is not. In fact, with a leather biker jacket, Puglisi’s look is anything but.

2. Sportsmax

Sportmax1Spots. Spots. Lots of spots. Spots tend to spring up in fashion every now and then. They tend to spring up in spring, pardon the pun – and it’s always quite lovely when they do. This season, the design team at Sportmax – Spotmax (oh dear…) – have turned their attention to spots and the results are beautiful. In muted tones of black, white, grey and pale pink each look is delicious – inserts of sheer are the icing on the dotted cake.

3. Missoni

Missoni1The Missoni family have had a terrible year. After months of searching for Vittorio Missoni, his wife and entourage after their plane went missing in January – their bodies have only just been found. However, in spite of these turmoils, the family have continued to take their brand from strength to strength. This season’s inspiration was the elements and one can’t help but see, the wave motifs as a beautiful homage to their loved ones lost at sea.

4. Fendi

Fendi2It’s very easy to see Karl Lagerfeld as some sort of caricature of fashion. He has a signature look, insults people on a daily basis and his cat – Choupette – has its very own twitter account. However, beneath the absurdity-come-brilliance lies a very talented man. The man who helms both Chanel and Fendi and makes it seem easy. For Fendi SS 2014 Lagerfeld experiments with geometrics and bright shades. The results are exquisite.

5. Prada

Prada1When Miuccia Prada stated ‘I want to inspire women to struggle’ in reference to her most recent collection it might have been hard to gauge exactly what she meant by such a phrase. However, the collection says it all. Soundtracked to a remix of Britney’s ‘Work Bitch’, Prada had her models strut in dresses plastered with murals of women. The message was feminist: in our world women struggle but they are better people for it.

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