London Fashion Week: Spring 2014 fashion week’s top 5 developing trends
We’re into the first few days of shows from London Fashion Week Spring 2014 and as per usual, this city’s penchant for girlish quirk has consumed us whole. Very much a natural progression from what was shown in both spring and fall of this year, London’s top talents seem to be giving us more of the same, but with a new spin. Who said there was ever enough of a good thing?
The nineties focus has ushered the slip dress back into our consciousness so forcefully that I can barely remember a time when it wasn’t. Topshop Unique’s considerably pared back spring featured two versions of the trend: cropped boho and ankle-grazing print-mixed silk. Under cool girl silk layers, Jonathan Saunders went tie-dye-like with green and blue on a striking peachy number.
Flora and fauna
Forget Miranda Priestley, designers are going full steam ahead with florals and nature-inspired prints for Spring 2014. At Mulberry, Emma Hill went out with bang-on floral-woven jacquard short suits and floral-appliqued signature tote bags for her last collection as the brand’s creative director. At Matthew Williamson, pink and yellow appliques found themselves on sixties-styled cocktail dresses while butterfly prints made their way down a swishy wideleg pant.
Pale pink continues as a favourite for Spring 2014 with even the typically-strict Jean Pierre Bragaza dipping a toe into girl territory, though blue seemed most popular in varying shades—baby at Preen, denim at Holly Fulton, cobalt at David Koma and Topshop in all of the above.
Nip slips seem the thing for Spring 2014. At J.W Anderson, pinched and pleated gauze-like nylon (or was it nylon?) gave way to his frothier side, ofttimes exposing skin whole.
This sixties favourite has been revved up for spring by London’s feminine set. Emilia Wickstead showed long billowing versions of the style in striking bright combos. Temperley’s two-piece version of the style layered magentas in varying brightness over one another.