(left to right): Haider Ackermann, Hermes, Saint Laurent and Miu Miu
Fashion Week may be over but we will be talking about the collections again in a few months when they land in stores. In the meantime, it’s always good to plan ahead and invest in a few key pieces that will still be on trend next season. Here’s a roundup of autumn/winter 2014’s key looks.
Wearability was a buzzword this season and there’s nothing more timeless and classic than a beautifully cut coat. Shapes bordered on masculine with either razor sharp tailoring or roomy and slouchy silhouettes.
Almost every designer had a sporty coverup in their collection including Saint Laurent where a green parka appeared layered over a leopard print sequinned mini. Miu Miu proposed raincoats and ski jackets. Or for something luxe go for Tom Ford’s sequinned jerseys.
(left to right): Dior, Kenzo, Lanvin and Stella McCartney
Forget Chanel handbags, quilting also appeared on clothes in lighter fabrics such as nylon and in plenty of colour from pastels at Miu Miu to red at Dior. Kenzo’s quilted suit and Balenciaga’s tuxedo puffa jacket were also winners. And lets not forget Louis Vuitton’s new Alma bag updated with a chic quilting.
Carrying over from spring, fringing took on new guises ranging from intricate thread work at Chloe and Chalayan to swinging drapes on dresses at Lanvin and Stella McCartney.
(left to right): Celine, Calvin Klein, Gucci and Louis Vuitton
Long and lean knits
It was all about ribbed knit tunics matched with flared knit trousers as proposed by Celine, Chanel, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs. If you are not blessed with perfect legs then opt for a statement knit in an innovative or new material, or decorated with patterns from geometric and cable knits to traditional fair isle.
1960s mod silhouette
Hemlines have gone up as designers went for short A-line dresses and skirts. Up the luxe factor by choosing separates made from rich fabrics like double faced cashmere, leather or suede. Match it with a pair of flat boots a la Gucci.
During one show in Paris, I remember looking down the front row and not being able to spot one pair of heels. Instead editors were decked out in everything from Nike Fly Knits to Celine’s slip-ons and other lace ups. Designers obviously felt it too as they were hardly any heels on the Parisian catwalks. Instead there were trainers at Chanel, flatforms at Celine and even trainer/heel hybrids at Dior.
The single earring
Raf Simons was onto something when he released his Tribal earring last season. Now every designer was promoting the one earring look from Celine to Lanvin.
Other trends to look out for…
Bright colours, jewel embellishments, iridescent sequins, fur, lace ups on shoes and clothes and patchwork.