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
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
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
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
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!