All the hottest trends to spot from this year’s Spring Fashion Week circuit for 2014.
1. The New Crop.
From cropped vests and leather jackets at Balenciaga to chopped classic collared shirts at Peter Som, Peter Pilotto and Alexander Wang this season it’s all about the crop.
Fear not, a perfectly toned tummy isn’t a prerequisite for pulling off this look. At Aquilano Rimondi and 3.1 Phillip Lim waist lines were elongated and the crop curved allowing for only a hint of skin to be seen. Meanwhile at Peter Pilotto and Proenza Schouler the crop finished in a sharp point for an extreme take on the trend.
2. Full Circle
Finishing somewhere mid-calf this length is flattering, forgiving and feminine. Lengthier hemlines have long been associated with financial booms, whatever the reason this season embrace the ease and elegance of this new summer staple.
The options for this look are endless, from paisley and lace at Giambattista Valli to candy coloured silk at Oscar de la Renta, and Michael Kors and Christopher Kane who show us how to dress down the look with belted cardigans and sweaters for a more relaxed approach.
3. Sheer Delight
Whether, cleverly disguising minis as pencil skirts or ankle grazing dresses at Balenciaga and Stella McCartney, transparent paneling and sheer details were clear-ly on the agenda.
At Burberry and Saint Laurent sheer wasn’t something to fear but embraced, the only opaque in site from pockets, collars and seam lines. Elsewhere sheer inserts were ingeniously placed so as to only give a suggestion of skin or insinuation as to what lies beneath. Skilfully (and only just) covered by strategically placed pockets and modesty panels at Valentino, Christopher Kane and 3.1 Phillip Lim, work the trend in favour of those parts of your body you’re partial to.
4. Art Class
From one big Chanel art Gallery to pre-school chairs front row at Celine, designers asked us to step back into art class and get inspired. Painterly strokes and squiggles in vivid hues were a breath of fresh air at Celine, tailored pieces can’t be boring when splashed with paint and worn with fan pleats, right?
There’s no need to take Chanel’s colour wheel dresses too literally – though I would if I could. This trend is all about bold prints and even brighter colour, tailored pieces will keep you looking sharp while still having a bit of fun.