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Spring 2014 Fashion Trends Hot Off the Runways!

Spring is finally upon us and with the warmer weather we welcome the hottest spring trends for 2014. While it may come as no surprise that the floral trend once again featured in spring collections, for 2014 we saw a variety of unique interpretations such as black and white florals and the use of embroidery and texture to create 3D florals that pop! The old adage ‘fashion imitates art’ holds true this season with the likes of Chanel, Céline and Prada all channeling their artistic side to create funky fashions inspired by the world of art.  Pleats made a comeback this year in soft feminine fabrics while peek-a-boo panels and sheer fabrics are both feminine and daring.  Pretty pastels in all the colors of the rainbow featured on countless runways and on the other end of the spectrum, the metallic trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.  Fringe had a modern makeover and was featured on everything from leather to lace while athletic-inspired clothing took on both a street wear and glamorous vibe.  Read on to see all the latest trends hot off the spring runways and how to incorporate them into your wardrobe to have you on-trend and looking fabulous this season!

 

FLIRTY FLORALS

Florals are an essential part of any spring collection and this season was no different with the likes of Marc JacobsDolce & GabbanaChristian Dior and Elie Saab, among others, all featuring this trend on their Spring 2014 runways.  Hermes featured soft, romantic, hand-painted florals inspired by the jungle, Tory Burch’s collection showcased romantic garden florals while Dolce & Gabbana interpreted the floral trend in a unique direction inspired by ancient Grecian motifs. Oscar de la Renta gave the floral trend a funky spin off with graphic black and white floral patterns while countless other designers used embroidery and embellishment to bring their blooms to life.   Through the use of embroidery, print and texture, designers were able to bring the countryside to the city and so too can you!  Adopt the trend in a simple feminine dress or combine patterns with a floral print in the same color palette.  Alternately, select an easy to wear, statement floral piece teamed with a pencil skirt for an on-trend look this season. 

 

PERFECT PLEATS

While pleats are commonly associated with prep school uniforms, this season that misconception goes out the window as pleats become the hottest new trend to wear! In Spring 2014 pleats are soft and feminine in light or sheer fabrics like chiffon and silk and were seen in everything from skirts to suit jackets and pants.  Thakoon incorporated pleats to floral print dresses while Proenza Schouler upgraded their pleats, bonding them with silver and bronze foil for a dose of metallic shine. Dior pleats were delicate while Bottega Veneta incorporated the trend in an asymmetrical fashion. Be it mini, midi or maxi – whatever length you prefer, invest in a pleated skirt for Spring 2014.  In a pastel pink or bold metallic you can incorporate two fashion trends in one item. Pair the skirt with a white blouse and wrap around sandals for the perfect Spring 2014 look. 

 

SHEER BRILLIANCE

When it comes to tops, skirts and dresses, transparency is a must this season and was spotted everywhere from Dolce & Gabbana to Burberry and Calvin Klein.  Light airy fabrics also made a strong statement at shows including DelpozoZimmermannJason Wu and Zac Posen where peek-a-boo panels and translucent fabrics were soft and feminine yet bold and daring. While some pieces featured on Spring 2014 runways left little to the imagination, adding a bra or crop top underneath sheer blouses can make the trend a little adventurous but nonetheless wearable.  Alternately, opt for a sheer paneled skirt or delicate dresses with sheer lace detailing.  For those who are more reserved and a little less daring, layering is key to pulling off this trend. 

 

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

This season is all about bold artistic expressions!  From bright color palettes and bold brushstrokes to abstract textures, modern art and painted prints, designers sought inspiration for their Spring 2014 collections from the world of art. Céline’s creations were said to be inspired by Brassaï’s graffiti work with guests seated on bright geometric blocks while Prada used a parade of oversized portraits on dresses, coats and bags while openly crediting the six artists who painted them. Giles adorned dresses with 90s prints from fashion photographer Glen Luchford while Dolce & Gabbana adorned everything from dresses to skirts and t-shirts with lithograph postcard scenes of Ancient Greece. Models for Chanel were donned in splashes of bright color as they made their way down the runway, which had been converted into an art exhibition for the show complete with giant Chanel fragrance bottles and handbags.  Don’t be afraid to channel your artistic side this season, go all out and clash wild prints, layer statement jewelry over embellished dresses and wear statement pop art inspired pieces – it’s all about creating your own bold, individual look!

 

SPORTING SPIRIT

The athletic trend is all the rage for Spring 2014!  Designers chose vibrant colors in performance fabrics, satins and quilted cottons for a cool, vibrant and truly sportswear-inspired vibe.  Don’t break out those Adidas pants just yet, the designers’ take on sportswear probably isn’t too suitable for the gym!  While some collections gave the trend a street wear inspired spin others kept it glamorous.  Tommy Hilfiger channeled a preppy take on surfer and skater wear which is straight out of the Hamptons while Lacoste showcased separates and oversized jackets with tennis roots.  Victoria Beckham’s luxurious sportswear included sweatshirts and tennis skirts while DKNY had cropped leggings, sheer anoraks and lycra bodies. Vera Wang used black mesh and chiffon for a sporty touch to her Spring 2014 collection adding an elegant twist to hoodies, windbreakers and zippers. Inject a little sporting sass to your wardrobe through accessories like sun visors, elastic belts or football socks.  Alternately, pair statement sporty separates with your wardrobe staples; wear a blazer with boxing shorts or pair leg warmers with a statement dress to add a little on-trend sporty flair to your look!

 

FRINGE BENEFITS

Fringing has definitely made a comeback for Spring 2014 but with a twist; think less grunge or country western and more modern as fringe takes a firm step into the future!  Fringing had a presence on countless runways and was used to embellish both clothing and accessories on everything from leather to lace.  Calvin Klein showcased fringe dresses while Junya Watanabe channeled a hippy-chic vibe in his creations.  Marc Jacobs featured a unique take on the trend by showcasing embellished tassel and fringe looks paired with Hawaiian prints and Bermuda shorts.  Roberto Cavalli’s fringe-embellished clothing exuded a 1920s style while Emilio Pucci’s Maasai-inspired collection prominently featured leather fringing.  If you are looking to incorporate fringe into your spring wardrobe the options are endless, wear it on your clothing, boots or even accessories, or simply pair a fringe skirt with a crisp shirt for a polished and sleek silhouette that is totally on-trend!

 

METALLIC MADNESS

Now is your time to shine, literally! Metallics had a strong presence on Spring 2014 runways with designers playing with reflective metallics in glamorous golds and shimmering silvers as well as jewel tones. GucciLanvin and Fendi all featured high-shine and iridescent shimmer in their collections for Spring 2014. Ralph RucciAltuzarraDiane von FurstenbergJason Wu and Thakoon also incorporated dazzling metallic looks into their collections. Tom FordSaint Laurent andVersace channeled the dancing queen while Haider Ackermann embellished sheer skirts with metallic fabric and showcased colorful metallic suits.  Metallics are a great way to add a touch of luxury and high fashion to your wardrobe.  For those not afraid to get their shine on, try a metallic dress or pants suit for a night out on the town, just ensure that you have sharp tailoring and clean lines. If all-out shimmer is a little too adventurous for you, one statement piece will do the trick – metallic heels, a clutch or midi skirt paired with contrasting textures but similar colors will achieve an on-trend look that isn’t over the top. 

 

PRETTY PASTELS

Pastels dominated runways for Fall/Winter 2013 and are staying strong in Spring 2014.  Sorbet tones such as lemon, mint and peach are hot on the agenda for spring as are feminine hues of pistachio and lavender.  But of all the pastel shades we witnessed making their way down runways from Chanel to Missoni, petal pink emerged as the absolute favorite!  Cotton candy and bubblegum pinks sweetened silhouettes at BalmainIsabel Marant and Alexander Wang. While Armani showcased head to toe pastels, MaxMara Resort 2014 paired subtle pastel separates with vibrant pops of color.  Michael Kors featured stunning washed-out pastel colors in sexy body conscious shapes while Easter egg colors made a splash at Chris Benz.  Sugary sweet pastels seem to be in for the long haul so if you haven’t already invested in a few statement items, now is definitely the time to do so.  While the full pastel look may be a little tricky to pull off you can’t go wrong by pairing pastels with black, white or a coordinating print. 

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