Don’t let that prize piece slip out of your grasp - treat the sale as you would an auction house because there are riches to be found and if you lose your place in the running, you might spend the rest of your life regretting it. From Christopher Kane’s Petal sweaters to Kenzo’s fish prints, these are the pieces worth sharpening your elbows for.
By Alannah Sparks
The Buzz Words
This season designers chose to say it loud and say it proud. Logomania came back with a vengeance - Christopher Kane’s PETAL made botany cool again, whilst Alexander Wang's censored sweaters were seen on the backs of starlets and cool kids everywhere from Hollywood to Hipsterville.
The Works of Art
Maria-Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s SS14 collection was nothing short of a ‘fashion opera’. Inspired by its drama, the lavishly laboured dresses created a spectacle on the world’s starriest red carpets this season, and will continue to hit the high notes long after the last one has rung through the till.
The Major Motifs
At Kenzo, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon championed a cause that extended way beyond the catwalks - namely the dangerous overfishing of the world’s oceans, and their rainbow-bright carp spread the message across sweaters, shirts and dresses. Reel one in now before they are – much like the real thing – gone the way of the dodo.
The Showstopper Shoes
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana like to really run with a theme, and this season they explored classical Sicily, manifested in dresses embellished with Ancient Greek coins and architectural drawings printed onto tunics. Our tip for the fashion history books? The exquisitely rendered Ionic column heels enhanced with golden coins.
Lamé, Lurex and lashings of shine: Lanvin showed an entirely unexpected collection for SS14 that was more Christmas bauble than summer cool. And everyone went mad for it – because why wouldn’t you want to look like molten gold on a hot summer’s night? Get digging now before these precious metals have all been mined.
Words by Alannah Sparks