PFW, SS2014, Womenswear – #bestinshow

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#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. Lanvin

LanvinExpensive. When you’re spending a small fortune on an item of clothing it’s safe to say you want said item of clothing to look as though it’s worth what you paid for it. Lanvin clothes never fail to look as though they cost rather a lot. They are the epitome of style. And, as we move into SS 2014, Alber Ebaz continues to prove himself as one of Paris’ greatest talents with jewel encrusted slip dresses and quality street wrap skirts. Wear Lanvin. Look chic.

2. Rochas

RochasPretty girls in pastel shades. Pretty girls in ethereal wear. Pretty girls in pretty clothes. Fashion does pretty pretty well. This season Rochas have mastered pretty. However – as opposed to tackling it in the traditional way Marco Zanini has dragged pretty through the back of a hedgerow and it looks all the better for it. If this is to be Zanini’s last collection for Rochas, its ostrich plume fringing and satin coats make for one hell of a fashion send-off.

3. Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney1Ever since her Kate Moss and Yasmin Le Bon featuring graduation show Stella McCartney has proved herself as far more than just her father’s daughter. Granted Paul McCartney being her father has helped her achieve fame as a designer but the clothes speak for themselves. Her latest collection sees her play with slits and jumpsuits in demure shades of ochre and navy. The overall look may be one of simplicity but it’s all the better for it.

4. Sacai

SacaiHave you ever found trench coats a bit of a hassle. They look fabulous on but not so fabulous whilst putting on. There’s just too much faffing about. Well last season Chitose Abe decided enough was enough; she designed a myriad of trench dresses. The results were fresh, innovative and practical – not to mention the talk of AW. For SS Abe hasn’t invented anything radical but the clothes are beautiful and prove that she’s a find.

5. Rick Owens

Rick OwensIf there was one show which stood out this season, across all cities, it was that of Rick Owens. In an era in which black models are depressingly scarce on the runway Owens stuck two fingers up at the fashion industry and had an American step team model his SS 2014 collection. The group of mainly plus-sized black women wore his collection with the ferocity of Beyoncé at the Super Bowl. The move was punk and the clothes were too.

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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