Friday, February 28, 2014

Spring 2014 Trends

Spring 2014 is finally here.  Fall fashion is all about the layering, but spring is all about color and cut. Wherever you live, whether under sunny skies or under blankets of snow, fashion’s spring season has officially arrived.  This season brings many new (or heavily recycled) trends that are highlighted for your viewing pleasure below:

   Tea length skirts- These skirts fall anywhere between the middle of the knee and a few inches above the ankle, “According to Emily Post in her 1922 book, ‘Etiquette,’ the tea dress” had a train, long flowing sleeves and was looser than many dresses worn outside of the home. Its primary usage was at the tea table and at dinner with close family and friends. It began as a very informal dress. As conservative times evolved, the length shortened, and the dress became more expectable to wear outdoors. The tea-length skirt gets it’s origin in name and style from this dress. This modest trend evokes a timeless feel to any ensemble. Not only does it elongate the torso, but also gives the illusion of a smaller waistline if worn somewhat high-waisted.
This spring, they were spotted in the shows of: Christian Siriano, Alice + Olivia, Proenza Schouler

Sexy Business Casual-This trend has a bit of a masculine edge mixed with feminine touches. It includes, shirts, dresses, shirt dresses, trousers, and skirts. This look can go one of two ways: contrasting, collar button downs, starchily pressed, color-blocked looks, or it could go the opposite with former business wear in soft fabrics such as silk, or wrapping, clinging silhouettes.  Women in business-wear are usually relatively young. It was only recently introduced and more readily accepted in the 20th century.

This spring this trend was spotted in the shows of: Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Bottega Veneta

 (Alexander Wang, Spring 2014)

Pop Art: is showing up every which way we look this season. This includes graffiti print, typography print, tie-dyes, graphics, paint brush like strokes of color. Art resembling Picasso pieces, the Sistine chapel ceiling, Vincent Van Gogh paintings and many more are printed directly on clothing. This trend perfectly shows what fashion is in essence: an art form. This brings back feelings of renaissances and a time where artistic creation ruled.

This spring Pop Art was spotted in the shows of:  Versace, Louis Vuitton, Isa Arfen

(Isa Arfen, Summer-Spring 2014) 
Metallic-This trend has been around the block for a few seasons now, but it hasn’t died yet. Metallic is most famously remembered in the disco era. Now the iridescent colors are being displayed in a more tasteful  fashion. Whether they are weaved into designs or full on solid metallic garments….the construction is luxurious, not costume like.

This spring they were spotted in the shows of: Lanvin, Haider Ackermann, 3.1 Phillip Lim

(Haider Ackermann Summer Spring 2014)

Pastels- These soft colors have for decades been the appropriate go-to choice for many Easter dresses. But now, designers have given permission to incorporate these soft colors into powerfully sexy silhouettes without apology.

This spring they were spotted in the shows of: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Taylor

 (Fashion Blogger Slim in Pastel)

Athletic- This sporty chic aesthetic has been around for a few season as well but this time it has trickled up from the streets to luxury brand designers with the use of high-priced materials such as leather, technical mesh and silk. Don’t get this confused with what is termed “sportswear” within fashion companies. Most apparel in the fashion industry that is ready-to-wear is classified (by merchants) as sportswear that isn’t formal wear and so on.

This spring athletic wear was spotted in the shows of: J.Crew, Costello Tagliapietra, BLK DNM

(Fashion Blogger Slim)

Fringe/Tassel- This trend is all about the details. Bags, clutches, shirts, and shoes are all dangling with these whimsical extra. This year don’t think about western or window drapery with fringe and tassels.

This spring they were spotted in the shows of: Gucci, The Row, Valentino

The specifics of an outfit are what make it unique and unforgettable. Just like fashion PR mogul, Kelly Cutrone, says, “Normal gets you nowhere.” So dare to be different and add an extra flair to your outfit with the Spring 2014 trends.


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