Another year and another fashion week passes by in a blink of an eye. Kicking off with a big bang in the “Big Apple”, New York, followed by London, Milan and with a phenomenal finale in the “City of Love”, Paris. All eyes were on the four biggest fashion capitals of the world to see what some of the top designers had to showcase for Spring/Summer 2014. Here are a few major trends, one from each city, and what you will no doubt find trickling its way onto the high-streets and into your wardrobes come next Spring-Summer.
One trend that emerged on a number of runways, and which underpinned that of the legendary Vera Wang over in New York, was Sport. However, as with her well renowned wedding gowns the world over, it is sport with a very, VERY feminine twist. Swathes of mesh and chiffon created soft, airy silhouettes making it a far cry from the simple shapes and clean lines we often associate with athleticism. Wang proceeded with the primary route in terms of palette choice, with red-orange, canary yellow and sapphire blue layered over black and white, occasionally injected with transparent paneling, whilst creating beautiful, geometric shapes that hung beautifully off the body. This isn’t a look to sport at your local gym but one that can easily translate into your wardrobe next Spring.
Dominating the runway at Burberry Prorsum across the Atlantic in London is another trend that is almost synonymous with spring much like floral is. Pastel shades. Like honey to the bee, the gentle hues often finds itself intertwined with the botanical elements. Creative Chief Officer, Christopher Bailey, chose a soft palette of baby pinks, mint greens, periwinkle blues and luscious lilacs in the form of jersey, suede, cashmere but most notably lace (which was sourced from Nottingham, once one of the world’s prime manufacturers). The silhouettes were prim and proper, lady-like chic with cinched-in waists and where hems of pencil skirts sat conservatively below the knee. However, the collection was anything but conservative. Sheer blouses and see-through skirts (in luscious lace of course) were the dish du jour but think pretty rather than overtly sexy. One could sum up Burberry Prorsum’s showcase quite aptly as the perfect “English Rose”. Team pastel colours with neutral tones such as soft tans, gentle greys and simple, crisp white to create and a pretty yet sophisticated look come spring.
Like Ying to the Yang, the association of flowers with spring time is inevitable. In Paris, we saw florals descend the catwalk at Raf Simmons for Christian Dior. From print to embroidery, the floral trend was clearly evident on the runway if not for the elaborate but beautiful Wisteria and Orchids which snaked its way around the walls and roof top to make like a pretty spectacular spring garden. The botanical trend was interpreted by Simmons not only into bold vibrant prints but also in form, with dresses that billowed out from the waistlines with open pleats (pleats is another BIG trend next season so keep your eye out for it). From blooming buds to pretty petals, make sure you include a bit of flower power in your wardrobe next season.
In Milan, we witnessed a profusion of colourful prints. Whilst also endorsing the botanical trend, loud leopard and cute checks (which are currently one of the biggest trends this Autumn/Winter 2013) in tropical hues graced the runway at Just Cavalli, with accents of monochrome. The fun and flirty collection showed acres of flesh with midrift baring cropped tops, thigh-high splits and hemlines which barely exist- not for the light-hearted. The show infused the glamorous tropics with the wild jungle, creating fashion fever and not a trend to miss out on come spring.