Get a jump start on next season’s big looks by picking some of them up now. Take inspiration from the runway and from our very own sellers on Etsy.
1. ‘60s Mini’s
Longtime vintage lovers have been trotting out their ‘60s mini-dresses for decades. For the rest of us, let it be known that judging by designer runways, you can run with the Fall/Winter ‘60s mini-dress trend starting now. Take a page from the books of Saint Laurent and Miu Miu, but wear your pieces without tights or without a jacket to make the dress more summer-appropriate.
No longer reserved just for the holidays, gold is making its way into ready-to-wear collections. Break it up by wearing a gold-embellished pieces or step out in head to toe gold for more drama. If you’re brave (or have an event to wear it to), combine the ‘60s cut with a gold fabric and make wannabe mods proud.
The good news about Fall 2014: it isn’t boring. Even simple cuts and silhouettes are brought to life with bright, interesting and unusual prints. Prints that include animals will be big this fall. Summer is the perfect starting point, so raise your proverbial voice with colours and graphics that aren’t afraid to be seen.
A sportswear influence is seen in sweatshirt styles, raglan sleeves, quilting and T’s. Start adopting the trend now: in place of jackets or sweatshirts, opt for a tank top or t-shirt – or even make the look office appropriate by pairing shorts with a button-up blouse. This athletic-inspired aesthetic is comfy, roomy and easy to wear.
5. Fairy Tale-Inspired
Think fantasy, other-worldy, “Once Upon a Time” with high-impact drama. In this case, Alexander McQueen offered airy fabrics and embroidery, while Elie Saab showcased over sized fur stoles with floor length flowing gowns. Light maxi dresses are perfect for summer, or layer the look for cooler temperatures in fall.
Channel your gothic side this fall season with lace, velvet, velveteen and heavy embellishment in black and dark shades of crimson and navy. While velvet is arguably heavier than cotton or linen, if worn as part of a mini-dress (or with something sheer), it’s easier to adapt for summer temperatures. Bring on the black!
Good news for those who aren’t shy of bright hues: in many ways the forecast for Fall/Winter 2014 is just as colourful as last year. While there’s more than enough neutral representation, even neon has a place in the season’s colour spectrum, as proven by styles in collections by Dior and Prabal Gurung. Like the prints and embellishments we’ve been seeing, colour is bright, fearless, and commanding. Which means you can get a jump start on the trend this summer by donning brights now.
In addition to the bright and bold, pastels will continue into the fall, courtesy of collections by many of the biggest international designers. This means that instead of putting spring and summer clothes away, you can pair them with sweaters, jackets, tights, and boots. This year’s mix-and-match trend allows for interesting combinations that lends itself perfectly to personalization.
Many military details were spotted on the runway for Fall/Winter 2014-2015. Khaki and camels were popular colors in a range of structured silhouettes. Look for heavy wools, leathers, and waxed cotton with details such as three-dimensional cargo and pleated pocketing.
Fur was seen on virtually every designer runway this season. A sign that recessionary times are gone, maybe? Wear it with reserve as a muff or collar, or scoop up some of the new vibrant versions in color. Go faux or vintage for a more eco-friendly take.