New York has kicked off the Spring Summer 2014 collections and didn’t disappoint. Strong trends were seen coming through, some we’ve seen recently and others fairly new. Florals were still popular for spring and sports luxe will be a big trend next year with shorts and tennis-style skirts being the prominent look.
On the opposite side of the spectrum from sports luxe was lady-like fashion with longer-length fuller skirts and cinched waists, accentuating (or creating) hour-glass figures. Here we look back at the top trends on the New York catwalks that will be hot next spring.
Flippy Tennis Skirts
Anyone for tennis? Sporty skirts are going mainstream with Tory Burch, Alexander Wang, Nanette Lepore, Alice + Olivia and Tocca all had different interpretations of it on the runway. However our favourite version has to be Victoria Beckham’s tailored but fun dresses. She may have been better known as Posh Spice but Victoria’s beautifully cut skirts gave her collection a sporty edge.
Soft ice-cream shades lent a feminine touch to the shows. The soft colours are great on all skin tones and at any age and this years shades are dusky and sophisticated. Jenny Packham, Oscar de la Renta, Noon by Noor, Prabal Gurung, DKNY and Monique Lhullier all showed off softer shades.
It wasn’t just colours that were soft so were fabrics. One of the biggest trends in New York was the use of sheer fabrics. It was everywhere – as layers, embellished, painted and printed and covering cutouts. Some of favourites were seen in the shows of Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Tocca, Rebecca Minkoff, Zimmerman and Helmut Lang.
Florals weren’t the only patterns to feature prominently. Graphic prints were once again flaunted showing that all-over prints doesn’t have to be too much. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung, Herve Leger, Donna Karan, Carolina Hererra and Diane Von Furstenberg all featured this trend.
Micro short may be de riguer next spring and while this trend may scare anyone over the age of 25, some designers showed that it can be a more subtle trend if teemed correctly (and in a slightly longer length than the catwalks featured). Michael Kors safari look was probably one of the more sophisticated spring looks but there was also soft scalloping and shades from Rebecca Minkoff, Hot colours from Helmut Lang and Tommy Hilfiger and tailoring from Vivienne Tam.
Party dresses will see more than a little bling as metallics featured strongly on the catwalks in the Big Apple. Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Reem Acra, Argentine Designers, and Zac Posen all gave wearable interpretations.