New York opened Fashion Month SS14 this year and it promised to be a gorgeous spectacle with an array of colours, cuts, lengths and tailoring. The catwalks were transformed into a palette of colours fit for Van Gogh, with Opening Ceremony and Tommy Hilfiger reusing their maroons and navies from last season – a great contrast against the vibrant yellows and oranges that came from Philip Lim and Christian Siriano. Whilst looking over the catwalk reports and online trend forecasts from New York, a dead set favourite is the incredibly consistent Marc Jacobs. His personal collection was the most talked about online, beating Michael Kors by 17% and with good reason! He particularly focused on showcasing a range of trousers – from leather and metallics to printed pyjama pants.
It has to be said that watching the designers move away from displaying exciting and enchanting prints to focusing on their choice of colour was slightly unsettling – after all, who doesn’t love a bold print? – but in this case it was a worthy risk. Same again next year New York, or will you revisit your roots?
London Fashion Week’s Spring Summer collection 2014 started on 13th September with the majority of shows taking place in the prestigious Somerset House. Not only is it a phenomenally beautiful place, but the history behind the venue made it perfect for LFW. It was only fair that the collections fitted the beauty of the location and the biggest British designers – namely Tom Ford, Mulberry, Sister by Sibling, Vivienne Westwood and Matthew Williamson – did not disappoint.
The catwalks were predominately graced by feminine lace, cute pastels, modern tailoring and beautiful hem lines, all of which combine to create pretty silhouettes for the next season. Designers are clearly expecting a chillier start to the upcoming year as coats made a persistent appearance – and hey, no one should be complaining! Burberry Prorsum displayed a coat in what felt like every single pastel shade possible – again, no complaints!
London Fashion Week had everything this season – beautiful mini’s from Tom Ford and incredibly enviable ball gowns from Temperley London and everything in between. It makes you proud to follow British fashion.
Picture 1: Burberry Prorsum, Michael van der Ham, Tom Ford
Picture 2: Erdem, Matthew Williamson, Paul Smith
Picture 3: Temperley London, David Koma, Mulberry
Milan Fashion Week was third up in this year’s Fashion Month schedule. The catwalk showed heritage inspired pieces, impeccable craftsmanship and hem lines that can make anyone convert to fashion-ism (yes, it was necessary to create a new word!). These things were all apparent this year, but in a different way. Milan SS14 took on a younger, more contemporary approach to its presentation and design and the revamp was a welcome surprise to many fashion goers. With such an incredible culture it would be devastating to loose all influence. The colours and prints still reflected the traditions, but a modern twist was applied by many designers. Dolce and Gabana took a gold journey with drops of reds, yellows and sepia tones. Moreover, the Prada collection was a kaleidoscope of colour featuring glorious emerald greens and cyan.
It sometimes feels like Milan is one of the more disregarded fashion weeks, but this year it really upped it game and started playing with the youngsters.
Paris Fashion Week is legendary, with celebrities flocking to grab the best seat on the FROW possible. This year saw the likes of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian grace the city.
Celine was undoubtedly always going to be a main contender for the “most hyped” collection, even before it was showcased. The collection, in contrast to New York, was alive with kaleidoscopic prints, even on oversized coats! In an interview, Phoebe Philo stated that she wanted to take her newest collection back to basics which are easy to see. Her design fundamentals have always been clean with simple yet strong shapes, whilst with a softness that only Philo can pull off. In contrast, Chloe focused on colour and was an array of royal and sea blues.