From Prada bejeweled dresses to Louis Vuitton black embellishments, we have seen a lot of chunky beads at spring/summer shows. Marni collection features some heavily embellished sportswear and Christopher Bailey’s collection for Burberry included some incredible pieces studded with chunky jewels. This season’s novelty are big sparkly rocks, even though some designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Marc Jacobs and Jenny Packham decided to stick to more subtle embellishments. Simone Rocha used big white pearls and stitched them to collars, handbags, shoes and even socks, while Dolce & Gabbana covered their dresses in golden coins and yellow jewels.
Colorful fur jackets were very popular this winter but this trend went step further and next year we will be seeing a lot of colorful patchwork and vivid prints on fur. Miuccia Prada even made some printed fur coats for the summer, but we have seen more of this at fall/winter shows. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, well known for his artistic prints on clothes, used them on fur this time, while Altuzarra, Aquilano Rimondi and Daks have shown us interesting patterns printed on fur.
Patchwork is definitely a huge trend for fall/winter 2014 and we have seen some beautiful coats made from colorful patches at Phillip Lim, Roksanda Ilincic and Topshop Unique. Prada’s latest collection includes some leather coats with fur trimmings in vivid colors, while Vercase and Dolce&Gabbana designed some amazing fur coats in bright red which look incredibly warm.
From girly ruffled dresses to leather biker jackets, plenty of metallic colors were seen at spring/summer shows in Paris, New York, Milan and London. While some designers like Alber Elbaz from Lanvin and Gareth Pugh were inspired by futurism and used hi-tech metallic fabrics, collections by Dries Van Noten and Rochas were very feminine and romantic. Dolce & Gabbana used a lot of golden materials and even made a gown from metal coins, and Anna Sui made them work with her flamboyant boho style dresses. Cristopher Kane was brave enough to mix multicolored metallic fabric with feathers, while Haider Ackermann used patches of gold and silver for her asymmetric dresses, but also skirts, trousers and suits.
Donatella Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Altuzarra used this trend as an excuse to make very sexy dresses, and collections by Meadham Kirchhoff and Marc by Marc Jacobs created some fabulous urban-wear pieces like metallic jackets.
How to wear this trend?
Since we could see a lot of modern light-weight fabrics, this trend can easily work for both spring summer parties. It is ideal for parties and glamorous events, but is can also be worn during the day in a more casual style. Head-to-toe in metallics would probably be too much, but if you choose one cool piece like a top or a jacket and combine it with other colors, it will blend in nicely. Haider Ackermann’s styling for her spring/summer 2014 show is a very good example how to rock this trend during the day.
While must-have bags for fall and winter were too tiny, one of the major spring/summer 2014 trends is an oversized clutch. Big clutches are very handy because you can fit anything you like inside them, but you can also squeeze and fold them so that they don’t take too much space. They can look very urban and modern like the ones from Topshop Unique, elegant and feminine like the ones from Dries Van Noten, or even deadly serious and ideal for a working woman such as Mulberry ones made out of leather. Speaking of leather, python skin is going to be omnipresent this year, but as for the spring/summer bags, the ones from Christian Dior are very special because they are dyed in bright, funky colors. Croco skin is also trendy and you can choose from classical Bottega Veneta ones to Michael Kors’s trendy big clutches.
The most talked about slogan bags for the forthcoming season are definitely Kate Spade’s book clutches, but the pretties girly clutches of the season are probably Burberry ones because of beautiful pastel shades and delicate floral appliques. Arty prints is one of the key trends for the forthcoming season and the best examples are Prada and Chanel handbags. Prada also has lovely croco leather bags embellished with jewels, while Miu Miu accessories are inspired by 1960-s and are made in lovely pastel hues. On the other hand, Lanvin metallic bin bags are just revolutionary, Tory Burch created wonderful collection of bags covered in wallpaper-like florals, Carven designed beautiful furoshiki inspired cloth bags and Marc Jacobs and Valentino went for boho style.
From sporty high heels to romantic floral prints, shoes for spring and summer are very colorful and there are many different trends to choose from. Prada rubber heels come in different colors and they can definitely look both elegant and casual, and the same goes for Alexander Wang’s white strap vinyl shoes which look even more futuristic. Mary Kartantzou also designed some fantastic sporty lace shoes with incredible colorful prints that can be worn with an evening gown or a plain T-shirt matched with a pair of shorts. Valentino flat summer sandals are to die for and Dolce & Gabbana designed some sexy platforms decorated with golden coins.
Metallic accessories are going to be a hugely popular, and if you want to rock this trend, Christopher Kane’s silver stilettos are a very original choice. There are also some amazing metallic heels by Lanvin, and they come with with elegant ribbon around the ankle. Spring/summer collections by Miu Miu, Carolina Herrera and Aquilano Rimondi are featuring some fantastic sandals in vibrant colors, which is another big trend for the forthcoming season, while Alberta Ferretti was inspired by ethnic clothes and designed satin pumps with embroidered flower motifs.
Along with pastel colors, strong prints and witty slogans, florals are going to be a huge trend in the forthcoming season. You may think that flowers are too obvious for spring and summer, but from discrete abstract floral prints to flamboyant dresses with flower appliques, there are many ways you can rock this trend.
Christopher Kane conceptualized the flower motif which has been used many times by almost all designers in the history of fashion and created something completely original. He made cutouts in the shape of petal and compared anatomy of flower to a female body through a series of graphs and illustrations printed on clothes.
Dolce & Gabbana, Giambattista Valli and Matthew Williamson designed some gorgeous pieces with colorful floral appliques, while Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Preen and Jonathan Saunders made flowers look more electric and abstract. Antonio Marras, Temperley London and Alberta Ferretti used florals for romantic and fluttery summer dresses, but Mulberry and Eudon Choi made them modern and urban. Miuccia Prada printed flowers on her beautiful Miu Miu summer coats, while Vivienne Westwood played with the concept of wild and untouched nature and used floral patterns for her Red Label collection which deals with the issue of climate change.
Even though florals are traditionally more often used for women’s clothes, they are going to be a big trend for men as well, with some outstanding designs by Anna Sui, Prada and Meadham Kirchhoff.
From Phoebe Philo’s collection for Celine which is abundant with bold prints and bright colors, to Dolce & Gabbana who experimented with florals and illustrations, many designers used a lot of quirky prints and vivid patterns in their collections. Inspired by femininity and powerful women, Muccia Prada created one of her most extraordinary collections and collaborated with painters whose illustrations she printed on clothes.
Giles used some unpublished photographs and printed them on fabrics, while Riccardo Tisci’s collection for Givenchy features fun and colorful tribal motifs. Miu Miu collection for spring/summer 2014 includes plenty of bright colors and cute flower and animal prints, while Antonio Marras used florals in pastel colors but also some black and white avant-garde prints.
Craziest prints were seen at Stella Jean show at Milan Fashion week. She was inspired by exotic flowers and animals, whereas Aquilano Rimondi collection features some adorable stylish printed silk skirs, dresses and shirts with illustrations of tropical islands.