London Fashion Week: The top 5 collections for Spring 2014

Christoper Kane Spring 2014
Christoper Kane Spring 2014

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In a flurry of florals, (Harry) Styles spottings and yes, digi prints, London Fashion Week has come to a close for Spring 2014. It’s been a slice, or rather, several, with many of the city’s young talents stepping up the world stage with clever reworks on the city’s signature style. Crisp femininity was more present than ever, proving perhaps that London’s finest are ready to lose the more is more street look its residents are famous for.

5. Meadham Kirchoff

A Meadham Kirchoff show is nothing if not spectacle, and the duo’s Spring 2014 show had all the stylings of one—throbbing ominous music, bright orange Pipi Longstockings wigs, oversized wide brim hats. But the real standouts were underneath all that: a broderie anglais bib worn overtop a intricately beaded floor-length dress, a lace-trimmed gingham full skirt worn under a gold python swing coat and a sleeve-slashed take on the classic Chanel suit. Queen Elizabeth I meets Hitchcock meets pastoral living never looked this good.

4. Burberry

You can’t go wrong with pretty, and pretty is something Christopher Bailey does so well. Drop-shoulder felted coats were the perfect continuation of fall’s ice cream outerwear trend, while sheer pastel lace pencil skirts seem the perfect wardrobe essential this season. And speaking of pretty: consider a floral applique fold-over clutch your girlish must-have come spring.

3. Simone Rocha

On the last day of shows, Rocha cemented her wunderkind status with a pearl-laden collection of way updated ladylike styles. Frilly plastic covered crochet cocktail dresses? It’s a bondage meets babydoll genius move. Double for see-through, pearl-trimmed panels draping the sides of full skirts. Triple for pearl-trimmed knee high socks and shrouded veils.

2. Jonathan Saunders

If the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, than Jonathan Saunders Spring 2014 was great indeed. Styled together, the slouched silk track pants, Western style leather and suede mix jackets, intricate sheer lace button downs and layered tie-dye effect slip dresses were a lesson in cool girl styling. Alone, they were kaleidoscopic bursts of newness we’re itching to get our hands on.

1. Christopher Kane

There was no London collection as evenly well regarded as Christopher Kane’s for Spring 2014. “A revelation,” “highlight of fashion week,” “the best thing ever,” are only three versions of street buzz. A cross between science, psychedelia and an all-new take on florals, Kane raised his own personal bar higher than ever with popping text book applique on lace dresses, curved iridescent plastic insets on suiting and a dazzling metallic fuzz that made up skirt suits and dresses mid-way through the show. His cuts—midi length pleated A-line skirts, sophisticated suit jackets, ankle grazing slip dresses—are getting more and more mature each time. His everything else is what’s more modern than ever.

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