Usually Spring/Summer brings us a fresh array of colours, themes and trends after the more sombre, understated Autumn/Winter season. However, for SS14, at first glance it seems like fashion is just extending trends from AW13 - which has already brought us colour-popping pastel shades, texture clashes and quirky fabrics (in the form of tartan, for instance).
It’s surprising how alike SS14 seems with SS13. I personally adored SS13, but mostly because the trends felt loud, proud and individualistic. 90’s was a key era that influenced SS13 fashion which made me feel nostalgic as I grew up as a 90’s kid. There was also diversity; SS13 brought us everything from neon psychedelic to sports luxe.
This SS14, we’ll be seeing a lot of SS13 trends return. But we’ll also see a few new ones! Allow me to elaborate…
1. Ice-Cream Pastels
Ice-cream pastels have stuck around for a fair few seasons now. They were all over SS14 catwalks such as Christopher Kane and Vivienne Westwood. I have to say, I can’t help but to fall in love with these sugary shades of lavender, mint green, duck egg blue, baby pink and lemon yellow from season to season.
2. Classic Monochrome
Whether black and white is fused together in one piece, or colour blocked using multiple pieces, monochrome is back with a bang. It was mostly used through tailoring on the SS14 catwalks, such as Holly Fulton and Erdem, to create classic looks that screamed chic elegance.
3. Utilitarian Chic
Shapes and essences of 40’s fashion were prominent at some designer shows. Henry Holland models rocked simplistic, belted dresses which reflected the utilitarian feel of the era. Then, over at Orla Kiely, there were pocketed skirts and clean structures aplenty.
4. Sparkle and Shine
The metallic trend of AW13 is sticking around for another season. However, it is updated for SS14 through more lightweight fabrics and draping, a la Antipodium and Christopher Kane.
5. Sheer and Sexy
It seems like, for SS14, less is more! Sheer fabrics were all over catwalks such as Burberry Prorsum to Erdem. These fabrics included chiffon and lace with pretty embroidery detailing and, coupled with ice-cream pastels, created a trend that is wonderfully dreamy.
6. Digital Prints
An element of futurism crept onto the catwalks through structured digital prints at Mary Katrantzou and Preen. In fact, the dresses at Preen were so abstract and artistic that they almost created an optical illusion!
7. 70’s Suits
70’s co-ords had already popped up to say hello back in AW13! It seems like you can’t get rid of them - not that you'd want to any way! Whether you rock an eye-popping colour-blocking suit jacket and trousers, like the ladies at Matthew Williamson, or choose a shiny printed short sleeved shirt and shorts, like the ladies at Henry Holland, make a serious style statement these season.
8. Oversized Tailoring
Speaking of tailoring, it’s all about the oversized this SS14. Flute hems on skirts and dresses were a popular aspect seen at New York Fashion Week through shows like Victoria Beckham. Exaggerated hemlines and sleeve proportions were also spotted on catwalks such as Mulberry and Topshop Unique.
9. 60’s Peter Pan Collars
This trend currently filters in and out of the Autumn/Winter catwalks, so it's quite remarkable to see it on a Spring/Summer catwalk! Peter pan collars, influenced by the 60’s era, were cute and adorable at designer shows like Orla Kiely and Henry Holland.
10. All Hail the Maxi
Finally, the maxi is truly going nowhere for SS14. It comes back every Spring/Summer and, rightly so, as it’s comfortably practical and yet aesthetically beautiful for warmer temperatures. Whether you choose a dress that’s long and flowing like a Grecian Goddess, a la Topshop Unique, or a skirt that is fitted with a fabulous fishtail, a la PPQ, wear it and wear it with pride.
Initially, from a distance, it can feel like SS14 fashion is using a lot of past ideas. But, if you have the chance to analyse it in more detail, it's apparent that the trends are in fact evolving to create a refreshing mix of the old and the new – perhaps not as dramatically as they have done previously, but there is still a different spin on things - and this should be celebrated!