Thursday, September 12, 2013

Spring 2014 Trends

  During the height of fashion week, what better time is there to predict the major fashion trends for spring of 2014? Though we are yet to feel the brisk of winter, short shirts, short skirts and sheer slits are already being forecasted by some major fashion guru’s for the upcoming spring season. Fashion, technology and markets are forever evolving which means that very few designers, and very few trends end up making history.

Trend forecasting is the prediction of buying behavior and mood, at any given time period throughout the season. Predicting fashion trends is no longer a question of targeting specific markets or consumers by: geography, income or age but rather studying who buys what based upon: mood, culture, beliefs, and occasion. It is also dependent on the fashion cycle, and plays a major role in the introductory phase of recurring fashion cycles.

After thorough research, I believe that cut outs and extreme patterns will be “in”. There will be no such word as “mismatched” as expression through fashion will have no boundaries. Fawnia Soo Hoo, a fashion writer at Glamour Magazine stated that “Ruffian doubled up on fun details with their pointy flats: polka dots and fringe. Aren’t they adorable?”. As changes in the global and domestic economic picture continue to improve, shifts in political arguments are solved (such as: same sex marriages approved in certain states), and the improvement in technology and science continue (such as made to measure and extreme pattern making), it is to no question why fashion provides bountiful supply of expression.

One can state there individuality, through what they wear and how they where it. I believe that spring of 2014 will be a season of statements. A season of trends that embrace: feminism, boldness and embellishments. A pastel color palette with deep hues and prints that break rules such as “no white until after labor day” will be a major trend for spring of 2014.
Rodrigaz Narcisco 
Wes Gordan 
Tory Burch 
Diane Von Fusternberg

A few of my favorite looks from the Spring 2014 runway, taken from Harpers Bazaar can be seen above:

1) This Narciso Rodriguez sharp tailoring and spare palette is ultra feminine. If you look closely it  is one piece made to look like two, combining leather and silk.

2)There is something so chic about this Wes Fordan modern pairing. From high-low to day-night this fancy, meets causal mix up is 

3)Tory Burch never disappoints, especially when it comes to the bright color palette trend upcoming for spring of 2014. As brighter colors are seen on an abundance of runway shows such as: Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Rodarte, and more, this cool but casual Mediterranean look is an overall win and future trend in my eyes! 

4) The beauty of this Diane Von Furstenberg dress speaks for itself. Through color, confidence and style, the silk flow goes far beyond the exotic print.

As I do believe that pastel colors such as: cream, olive, pepper orange, and baby pink will be trending, alongside with prints that embrace, sharp geometric patterns, gingham, and plaid-I can say with certainty that fast fashion stores such as Zara, and H&M will be sure to jump on top of the trends.  I predict that embellishments (such as: lace, pearls and glitter), and fabrics such as leather, silk, lace and jersey will be used from head to toe.

Major is an understatement for Spring of 2014 as icy pastels embrace feminism, individuality, and elegance. Silhouettes embrace figures, skin and attitudes. Aesthetics are endless, and positivity for the future vividly embraced.