Every day this week, we will be breaking down the womenswear SS14 collections through a series of retrospective articles. From our top ten soundtracks to our five-point guide to fashion week selfies, follow #afterthestorm for the Dazed fashion team's take on the new collections.
Viral moments and unexpected performances remain in the mind longer than any collection, are mused over online for days afterwards, and can set the mood for that season. From Marc Jacobs' departure at Louis Vuitton, to the subtle awkward teen performance at Miu Miu, the Dazed fashion team pick their top five moments of fashion week.
Uncertain rumours had been circulating the night before the show, yet in the opening look of Louis Vuitton SS14, before official announcements had been made, it was clear those rumours were true: Marc Jacobs was leaving the house. The all black collection of show girls in feather headdresses was a sombre departure, and a defining moment of the SS14 collections.
RICK OWENS STEPPING DANCE PERFORMANCE
In the wake of Rick Owens' stepping dance show, the internet was underdecided what to think: was this a statement on size, race or feminism? Was this a statement at all? Whatever Owens' intentions, his "vicious" performance, with its hair-whipping and teeth-gritting dancers shook up Paris and seemed like an uncoincidental reflection on the circus of fashion week.
JW ANDERSON BOUGHT BY LVMH
During Paris fashion week, LVMH announced they had bought a minority stake in the J.W. Anderson label. Anderson, the self-confessed "obsessive' who produces two mens and womenswear collections a year plus resort, pre-fall and additional projects with relative ease, will now also act as creative director of leather brand Loewe. In this video interview he discusses his womenswear SS14 collection, and why he "will never see fashion as an art form."
MODELS TRIPPING ON THE RUNWAY AT MIU MIU
The subtle performance of Miuccia's gang of kitsch teenagers at Miu Miu gave context to a collection of sixties formica brights and sequinned animal prints. As the first models appeared with a strand of hair stuck to their lipglossed lips, we blamed a styling error. Yet such teenage awkwardness continued throughout the show, coupled with models tripping in their Mary Janes on the plush carpeted catwalk.
'WORK BITCH': BRITNEY SOUNDTRACKS PRADA
A collection soundtrack can provide deeper meaning and reflect dark messages threaded through the clothes. Or it can be tongue-in-cheek and a lot of fun. Prada's SS14 collection of face-off dresses, embellished bras and gang of girls in hockey socks, was framed by huge murals depicting feminine strength. The soundtrack? Britney's 'Work Bitch.'