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.
When it comes to street style at London Fashion Week it is never just about trends but also about that quirky British style, UK designers and never-ending rain. It is not at all surprising that there are so many eccentric designs at London Fashion Week catwalks when you see what the fashion crowds are wearing. They will actually buy all of it.
From Poppy Delevingne in Erdem dress to Alexa Chung rocking the heart printed Burberry bag, see modXchange’s favorite street style looks from London Fashion Week:
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.