SS14 Trends for Right Now
We loved the eclectic mix of trends on the SS14 catwalks last September, from pop art prints to understated minimalism and the seasonal reinvention of florals that this year pared back and down. If you're looking for some quick fixes for a new spring wardrobe then try a couple of the following key trends:
Sporty Does It
SS14 once more embraces a more athletic aesthetic – a dash of classic style and laid-back sportswear will see you through to Autumn, no matter what your budget or taste. Simple separates, from plimsoll slip trainers to flattering racerbacks, the use of neoprene and the reoccurrence of stripes keeps things fresh and yet classy. This trend is easily accessible - team a blazer or bomber with relaxed gym style shorts or pair pool slides with minimal tailoring for an effortless sports-edge look. Take note of the fabrics too – no jersey or sweats allowed – instead, silk-satin at Marc Jacobs, textured matchy matchy at Balenciaga and colour block mesh detailing at Sacai.
Marc by Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga and Sacai images courtesy of Vogue
For 2014, less is more and we are back to mono - androgynous, laid back silhouettes seem the perfect pairings to take on our summer season. Clean shapes, blocks of black and white and the chic of minimalism is simple to master, especially when updated for spring/summer with a flash of flesh. PingHe, Rodarte, Alexander Wang and new label Joe Richards - among others – have their part to play in this paired-back style story.
PingHe, Rodarte and Alexander Wang images courtesy of Vogue
Say It On A Tee
Keeping in line with the urban, sportswear vibe casual tees and lightweight jerseys adorned with a brand new slogan are looking like a must-have for spring. Christopher Kane, Ashish, Fyodor Golan and Sister by Sibling provided the masterclass on how to wear statement sweaters – don’t play safe with jeans, work these looks with sheer skirts, leather and print trousers. And don't forget the waist-tied shirt - it's the shoulder-coat-draping of SS14.
Ashish, Fyodor Golan and Sister by Sibling images courtesy of Vogue
Brights Are Beautiful
If muted tones aren’t really your thing then shout-out colours and splashy prints that reference the pop art movement might be more pleasing. The runway was lit up with contemporary colour-blocked brights and a sea of pattern and print for SS14, but silhouettes were kept simple and lines clean, allowing bold colour-ways do all the talking. New label MGSM are renowned for their vivid colour palette and bright, clashing prints, yet the simple cuts make their colourful designs extremely wearable. Celine demonstrated exactly how to work this trend by cleverly combining fashion with art, big brush stoke prints and geometric block colours were given a minimal makeover and appeared on simple tunic shapes.
Celine, MSGM and Prada images courtesy of Vogue
An element of escapism was provided for SS14 by hints of folklore and distant cultures - graphic prints, rich embroidery and loose shapes in the form of drapery. Heavily beaded tribal costumes were seen at Alexander McQueen, traditional Japanese, Indian and African techniques at Givenchy and models at Junya Watanabe were dressed in fringed jerseys which had a cohesive ethnic influence - a fresh take on the tribal trend for a new spring.
Givenchy, Junya Watanabe and Emilio Pucci images courtesy of Vogue