Hide and Keep
Designers sent out a strong message for Spring/Summer 2014 during fashion month, it’s clear they have been listening to what their customer wants and needs. From Prada in Milan to Burberry in London it was encouraging to see clothes for the real summer, not everyone basks in the South of France heat all summer. Come rain or shine there were clothes here for everyone. It’s hard to pin down just which coat or jacket will be most dominant on shop floors and in wardrobes next spring, my guess is jackets will be the safest and easiest option for Spring/Summer.
Best in Show
This was Burberry at its most romantic; take the rose petals falling from the ceiling at the end of the show out of the equation and the collection still felt like a surreal tale of simplistic beauty. The base of the trench coat was still there but all of the knick-knacks had been stripped away, leaving nothing but clean lines that were finished to perfection. Add the embellishments that sat on top of the lavender and blush pink pastels and it made just about every look irresistible. Like a Burberry Ice-cream full of different flavours, strawberry and vanilla worked best with the British sweetness that made this spring collection so delectable.
Prabal Gurung knows how to make his women look and feel good; he is after all the go-to designer for Americas First Lady. There were a lot of roses in this collection but there were also a lot of thorns, a winning formula of sweetness that bites that Gurung always seems to use in his collections. The lavender pastels and lemon yellows mixed well with acid greens and rose reds. The outerwear was over-sized and full length but the printed PVC raincoat made for a lighter and cooler feel. The coats in the collection may not sell as well as the slinky and strapless evening numbers or the pencil skirt/bomber jacket combinations but they still packed a punch amongst all the pastels.
In Milan Miuccia Prada moved into a more arty and energetic field of fashion. There were obvious references to girl gangs and tribes, expected but always well received as Miuccia Prada can dress girl gangs better than anyone else. The sporty effect was cool and current whilst the motif fur coats added an even more playful and interesting aspect to the collection. Rainbow fur coats at Prada? Perhaps the most surprising look yet the most believable as it felt less serious and more Prada. Fun fur? These coats are hard to beat.
Valentino went above and beyond with their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are masters of their own art , the craftsmanship in this collection set standards even higher and the clothes became all the more covetable for it. The embroidered and fringed velvet capes were the shows stand out pieces; so perfect and surely the most convincing summer breeze cover- up. The ease behind the velvet fringed capes and beaded lace dresses felt wearable; wearable in the sense that these are no longer just clothes for princesses.