Spring’s here and we all know that it’s all about ‘dressing to impress’. What are the inspirations for this season? Well, if you’re interested in K GO GO’s unlicensed-non-expertise-perspective then continue to read…
Orange is the new black Fluorescent orange, peach, tangarine…that’s the new black. Ralph Lauren and Kate Spade New York featured an amazing bright trench coat. While Givenchy, DKNY, Suno, Matthew Williamson, John Galliano (Bill Gaytten), Mulberry, Akris and Peter Soms rather sported the orange tint as day/work dresses. For evening, the colour is associated with evening/party gowns as seen in Felder Felder, Zac Posen and Badgley Mischka. Although, Alberta Ferretti used a strong orange tint for her evening chiffon dresses. I’m feeling the idea of the all orange suit, which will add colour to your ‘workdrobe’ (that’s my new word of combining work and wardrobe together).
Kate Spade New York
Which leads to my next point; florescent colours are In
Victoria Beckham used tints of fluorescent pink, Ralph Lauren used blues, oranges, greens, reds and yellows while Roksanda Ilincic featured bright yellow, purple and orange. Notice how designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Marissa Webb, Diane Von Fusternberg, Issey Miyake and Opening Ceremony have given the blues and reds a florescent touch. In London, brights are still in – but the colours have been neutralized to what’s described by fashion forecasters as ‘neutral neons’. They’re still brights but not too bright. Feel free to check out designers Paul Smith, John Galliano David Koma and Thomas Sait – just to name a few. Otherwise, if you aren’t so confident ‘bopping’ bright clothes, there’s an option of adding a pop to your accessories just like what Dsquared 2 has done.
Hot colour must have: green (acidic, mint, neon etc).
Diane Von Fusternberg
Mother Nature Designers are going back to Mother Earth. Felder Felder took their colour palette from the aquatic world. J. J.S Lee was inspired by the aquatic sea and the beautiful sea creatures that occupy it. Philosophy created a more airy collection that featured a few hints of pink and whites. Emporio Armani created an 94 collection on the reflection of water on flowers, clouds and plants. Earth tonnes seen in our natural landscape have been featured on the designers’ catwalks. The cool blues seen on Michael Kors such as aquamarine are the keys colours next season. Parisian designer Issey Miyake was inspired by the cosmic of stars and space. So from a personal perspective, the elements this season are water, earth and air.
Inspiration: Modern Femininity
Whether you want to be flirtatious with Oscar de la Renta, empowered like Prada, a cause of a naughty-but-sweet-nice seduction seen at Sister by Sibling’s catwalk, DSquared2’s 1950’s screen siren or a woman of elegance by John Rocha, the feminism woman is in. You can either be Roksanda Ilincic’s modern-contemporary girl, the 60s classic at Kate Spade, Thakoon’s pure woman or the 50’s modern-sassy-female on Emiila Wickstead. New York are in love with the past of the feminine woman while the London woman has become modern, classy and cool. Take Simone Rocha’s for example; her take on the punk make-up against her dresses and pearls was an elegant version of the overrated pop style ‘sweet punk’. In Paris, you can be Isbael Marant tough romantic or Dior’s elite, as Simon used logo badges to depict a secret society of elegant women. Many Parisian designers have taken risks with the common lace, chiffon and ruffles and have contrasted it with irregular combinations. Such as Chloe, who brought a relax tomboyish look. Her use of pleats adds the femininity alongside khaki box shorts! I know, it’s weird but in Paris, it worked. ] The common piece will be the shirt dress because for some reason, the designers in ‘oui oui Pari’ have added vibration to a common masculine/workwear essential (e.g. Paule Ka, Akris and Dior).
Sister By Sibling
Oscar de la Renta
Pastels Adding on to the femininity as the overall inspiration, pastels such as sugary pink, baby blues, lilac, mint green, creamy yellow are seen on the collections of Christopher Kane, Burberry, Ryan Lo (Fashion East), Fyodor Golan, BCBG Max Azria, Christian Dior, Zoe Jordan, Versace, Whistles, Richard Nicoll, Sportmax, Honor, Veronique Branquinho, Antonio Berardi, Trussardi and Emilia Wickstead. These colours are more associated with the sophistication, playfulness, class, anatomy and nature of a woman’s personality. However, Versace has given pastels a more tough, hedonist-sexy association. At Paris, Veronique Branquinho used pastel blues, pinks and yellows for her fresh-non-sixties collection. Which I believe will be a summer bliss for workwear clothing. Anne Valerie Hash mixed her pastel-neon blues with her active-tomboyish collection; hinting flashes of lace and velvet. Funny that I mentioned lace, because in Paris its has been strongly associated with a woman’s sweet femininity as mentioned (again) previously.
Inspiration: The 90s Ah, I loved that decade (I was brought up in it)! The seeing that the the nineties was an inspiration in A/W 12/13, the trend has been transferred to our summer wardribes. I think this would be a hit in street fashion and sport fashion as many designers have begun using materials such as the hologram, neonprene, PVC and of course the mesh. Giles used blowed up fabric images of Kate Moss and her friends at the early stages of her career. DKNY reedited the common bandanna fabric (remember those scarves that hip hop rappers and gangsters used to used) on backpacks, jackets and a body suits while Ostwald Helgason took the common mesh and created it to be more sophisticated. Meanwhile, Celine make references to the graphic late-80s and ‘ragga style’ in her collection. Many designers have given references to sportswear using caps, bomber jackets and cycling shorts (Neil Barrett).
Florals: A geometric-appeal-done-beautifully It’s more than just banging it on some fabric. They’ve either team them with polka dots (J. Crew and Oscar De La Renta) or creating them like a kaleidoscope. Paris duo Talbot Runhof teamed holographics unto their flowers, which have been eccentrically collaborated with tweed. Or what about Christian Dior’s (Raf Simon) bright dresses with slogans?
Dries Van Noten
BCBG Max Azria
Here are some of the trends that will emerge this Spring/Summer 2014. Not all of these trends will appeal to every consumer. Nevertheless, whatever your style, always express it.
What do you think? Did I miss anything out? Feel free to comment.