I might not have had a stressful week running from show to show, but I kept close watch on the new collections, and I have renewed excitement for warmer weather that will start to approach six months from now. There was a lot to take in this week, as there always is, but there were also several very clear trends. Black and white, all white, orange, florals, gilded gold, beautiful gowns--all these things came down the runway time and again in fresh new ways. Here are some of my ending notes for the eventful week!
[some] favorite looks
[some] favorite collections
trends to try
spring and summer citrus
Collections were peppered with orange this season. Dresses, gowns, separates, the color was a bright break in the black, white and metallic that prevailed in spring's collections. Spring 2014's orange is a rich, warm color that looks great on pretty much all skin tones, so whether you're not quite tan yet next March or you're sporting the last of Summer at Labor Day, this color will carry you through the season.
No but literally, these dresses are literally jersey-inspired. We saw a few of these walk the runways this season, and they're such a fun play on sportswear. Whether in silky muted tones as seen to the left, or summery brights in more sport-appropriate fabrics, these dresses are feminine with an edge and super easy to wear and style.
the most minimalistic
So many collections featured monochromatic, non-embellished, super simple pieces that highlighted the pure design and shapes of the clothing. These parts of collections highlighted construction and execution of well-made and well-designed clothes while emphasizing a back-to-basics trend.
On the flip side of super simple, we saw heavy embellishment. Embroidery, hardware and floral appliqués were all part of this trend that usually juxtaposed feminine shapes and movement with a 3D effect. Looks like shoppers won't be limited whether their styles skew simple or...not so simple.
I'm not much for suits, but so many all-over print suits walked this spring, I couldn't help but want one of the striking polished look for myself. The all-over prints and bright colors add an element of youth to the sophisticated and daring look, and who doesn't want to be a walking pattern?
gilded age (season)
Liquid gold fabrics flecked runways for Spring 2014, and the look of flowing metallics are such head-turners. There's something so luxurious looking and commanding about gilded versions of your favorite silhouettes. I love these (maybe not this one specifically) for a surprising day look with more casual items to dress it down.
I love fancy shorts of all kinds, and this spring's collection saw so many of them in almost every fabric imaginable, and styled in monochrome, pattern mixed, contrasted textures and many many more ways. Regarding this trend, all I have to say is gotta catch 'em all.
These are nothing new for this spring specifically, but my love of shorts has spread to this ultra-short trend which I haven't been quite daring enough to try. This romper version looks like a less risqué version of the trend. Nothing is more fun than staying on trend on those super hot days. Not to mention how many cute hotpants walked the runways for Spring 2014.