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As we know, the capital of Fashion, Paris, was invaded for the best designs with the trends for spring 2014. We choose the best of the best from the fashion show. Find our selection from the best fashion designers:
The clothes took their cue from the lush hothouse botanicals they were set against. Foulard leaf prints—abstract and literal—were cut into loose skirts, roomy cinched dresses and oversized shirts. Meanwhile, dark green made a luxe statement done as a croc skirt or wrapped leather coat.
All that was missing was some weed and lava lamps. Miuccia Prada’s spring Miu Miu collection felt like a mash-up of The Royal Tanenbaums and Virgin Suicides, tapping into the chicer side of Seventies kitsch, down to the way the girls’ hair was purposefully stuck in their lipgloss. Girls wore patterned tights and wool coats done in retro-cool silhouettes and a girlish palette that swung from pastel to primary.
Jackets and tunics were laden with heavy jet beading. The beading carried through on sheer chiffon leggings and darkly opulent gowns. Black feathers created bolero jackets; whisper-thin chiffon bodysuits had ribbons and beads sewn strategically and provocatively
Even at its most romantic, there is a feeling around Alexander McQueen that life is a battle, the clothes armor. The creative angst that McQueen himself poured into his collections was apparent, sadly. One hopes that Sarah Burton manages to separate herself from those emotions as she carries on—quite brilliantly—McQueen’s vision. For spring, the look is that of a modern warrior with inflections of tribal motifs.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Perpaolo Piccioli tweeted it best themselves of their spring Valentino show—”drama, mythos and regal simplicity.” It was a mix of artistic and art motifs, working heavy embroidery on simple silhouettes, a delicate balance that kept the opulence from veering into costume territory.
The opening salvo of tweed suits was terrific. Even if you’re not a lady who lunches or a bright young thing obsessed with all things double-C, you can appreciate the many ways in which this staple was interpreted. In pastel, as a dress, as shorts and a tunic, as a mod suit with white go go boots (which were sock-shoes, actually), as a lacy country girl costume.
While the rest of the fashion flock indulges in a little Nineties redux, Hedi Slimane is still in the Eighties. While the look back felt a little bit late to the game, one thing is for sure — Slimane’s Saint Laurent stuff looks good in graphic, big bold pictures, as witnessed by the blitz of fans who take pictures of ads seen around the world or the striking way it looks on the cover of European magazines. This collection should fit that mold nicely.