The regional fashion weeks are just around the corner and everyone has been asking us what trends we can expect to see on the catwalk this year. Spring/Summer trends can often be less imaginative than Autumn/Winter looks, with a few motifs like florals returning year-on-year, but this year there are a few novel ideas. It’s still quite early to tell which ones will stand out the most, but here are our predictions so far…
As sure as death and taxes, you will always see some kind of take on a floral trend every Spring/Summer. This season, embellishments are what makes it stand out from the crowd – extra shimmer, layers and costume jewellery style accessories. Sheer floral fabrics layered on a block colour will also feature heavily – like this one from the Erdem Spring/Summer catwalk.
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Logo tees were really big on the catwalks for Spring/Summer 2014, so experts are predicting lots of subversive statement shirts to hit the high street this season. This one, by Alexander Wang, is a classic logo that’s been given a modern take with some sheer panels.
Burberry Prorsum hit the nail on the head with this little number – this Spring/Summer (like many before it) is set to be all about pastel colours like mint green, pale pink, light lilac and lemon sorbet. Basically, if there’s a macaroon in that colour, you can wear it this season! This is a very ladylike look, which I personally love.
Metallics in every colour graced the catwalks this season – I especially liked this futuristic design from Christopher Kane’s London Fashion Week show. Statement dresses like this one in metallic fabrics will filter through to the high street, but I expect metallic separates like skirts and jackets might be a slightly easier sell for most stores. I fully expect to see lots of bloggers in metallic pleated skirts with woollen jumpers come April.
This season lots of designers have been playing with proportions, from skirts with dropped waists, to jackets that finish just above the knee like this one from Jil Sander. I’m usually a fan of Sander’s minimalist looks, but I have to say I’m not too keen on this trend – it’s really hard for petite people to carry off! If you’ve got a figure that’s straight up and down you’ll look great in this, but for anyone who is unbalanced on the top or the bottom, proceed with caution!
As ever, it’s likely that micro-trends will emerge as the season wears on, and I’ll be interested to see which of these looks succeeds the most on the high street. If previous years are anything to go by, it’s likely to be more subtle than what we’ve seen on the catwalks, but the British high street can sometimes have a surprise or two up its sleeve!