Each season there are collections which play an important part in summarising the mood of the moment; leitmotifs that will one day command bidding wars on Ebay, thanks to their ability to be both of the moment and beyond their time. We’ve picked out the pieces from SS14 which are worth taking out the tissue paper for, because they’ll not only give you kudos now but they’re worth archiving for the years ahead.
By Alannah Sparks
Kenzo – Surfing USA
After several seasons spent blazing through Kenzo’s heritage jungle prints, Spring Summer 2014 saw Carol Lim and Humberto Leon bring the label crashing to the shores of the USA. The design duo’s native California provided the inspiration for the etched waves and wetsuit shapes of the SS14 collection. Splash out now and you’ll be surfing the Kenzo wave for years to come.
Givenchy – Doctor Robotnik
Riccardo Tisci’s prints have become the uniform for cool kids from Tokyo to Tallinn, and this season he played on that with a parade of robotic renegades, rewired from images of Seventies radio circuit boards. Get your own piece of the technologics for a fashion souvenir that’ll long outlive your next Apple Mac computer.
Christopher Kane - Mind Mapping
Christopher Kane wants to get inside your head. Even if he doesn’t manage that, then his heat contours, vectors and sci-fi lines for SS14 will certainly leave their mark on you. The Scottish designer has a way with a motif, and his wire frame figures on t-shirts and sweaters are sure to leave an indelible impression, just as his monsters and roses have done in seasons before.
Paul Smith - Magic Mushrooms
Paul Smith went on a trip for SS14 and it’s bound to create flashbacks for years to come. Only good ones, of course - the British designer tapped into magic mushrooms and psychedelic colours in a collection that pushed the boundaries of what men deem to be acceptable daywear, but kept everything well within the realms of good safe fun.
Raf Simon - Future-Pop Hits
Raf Simons’ collections always pack a punch, but his SS14 outing - set in a gallery next to a private air strip filled with giant sculptures by Alexander Calder and Jean Prouvé – really carved itself a place in jaded fashion memory due to its playful, futuro-sporty boldness. Onesies, polka dots, pop art and pink – these motifs will be throwing fashion shapes for seasons to come.