London Fashion Week: Spring 2014 brings us 5 new interpretations of the female body

Christopher Kane Spring 2014
Christopher Kane Spring 2014

See your bod for Spring 2014 »

Heartbreak is missing your first Christopher Kane show. But such was the case yesterday, not for lack of some hair-pulling cross town traffic, seriously herculean in-heels strides and fake doorman tears made by yours truly. Alas, the show went on to be the hit of London Fashion Week, bringing forth yet another translation of the female form for spring. Here are a few of yesterday’s options for us ladies come next season: A flower, a disco-ball, yes, we’re going there for Spring 2014.

A flower

Call it psychedelic Georgia O’Keeffe, but Christopher Kane has analogized erogenous zones with bright popping floral appliques that made for jaw-dropping statements near the finale of his Spring 2014 outing. Post-show, he told Tim Blanks it was a tribute to the flora and fauna we are a product of—We need flowers and trees to live. More like I’m going to need that dress to live.

A disco ball

The Tom Ford woman is no shrinking violet, and that was never clearer at last night’s spring show. Head to butt in mirror-covered lace, his mid-show dresses incited a light show of their own on the ceiling and walls of the photo pit at the end of the mirrored runway. The timid need not apply.


Christopher Bailey went soft as an English rose, literally, with his Spring 2014 Burberry collection of relaxed merino coats, sheer English lace pencil skirts and chic granny panties in pastel hues. Drop shoulders and loose fits will make it especially easy to hide those late winter hot cocoa hits, so go on, pack on a few.

A boy

Erdem was reportedly by schoolboy uniforms for spring, though I can’t imagine him ever veering too far from his signature femininity. Yesterday’s all black and white outing was as delicate as ever, with a lace bomber jacket and strapless floral applique pantsuit thrown in for good measure.

Another New Look

Given Peter Pilotto and design partner Christopher de Vos’s fiercely future-y touch, it was interesting to see their prints, this time in acidic fluoro hues, take on an almost retro form. Wide layered paneling and full skirts made it way interesting.

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