spring trends on the runway!

Spring 2014 Fashion Report

By Samantha Bryant

Fringed Fancies

s14-trend3-sketchFeathers, sequins, studs and more! It is no secret that trendsetters are hungry for texture. The trend first coveted in the 1920s has returned with a fresh and decidedly un-deco revival. Instead of beaded fringe and jeweled droplets, fringe has taken a more relaxed, casual wear-ready approach.

Dries Van Noten’s models sauntered down the runways; tailored blazers and slacks were paired with tribal fringe-layered tops. Emilio Pucci offered a more modern palette. His black and white geometric jackets and ponchos bounced down runways with meters of fringe.

Tilda Swinton displayed her signature regality in Valentino Couture at the “Only Lovers Left Alive” screening. Her tan dolman coat was finished with a tribal beige fringe, adding unique and cultural texture to her otherwise classic ensemble.

Celebrity singer Pink looked punk and feminine at the Billboard Women in Music event. Her striped cocktail number popped to the third dimension with short pink, mauve, and white fringe enhancing the vertical print.

From purses to cotton casual wear, bohemian fringes are sure to add swish to any ensemble. Fling your fringe around the dance floor with these dramatic gowns!

On the Runway

Sporty Sheer

s14-trend2-sketchLace and boudoir fantasy sheers began appearing along the runways a few seasons ago, congesting closets with new transparent confections. While delicate florals and sensual lace will likely hold steady for seasons to come, a new twist on the skin-revealing textiles has emerged.

Designers this season are proving sheer doesn’t need to mean sultry. Chiffon panels breaking up sporty pullovers, eyelet jerseys freshening up feminine frocks—this season, sheer can be sporty. Think ballet dancer over perfumed burlesque. It’s all about modern simplicity over intimate decadence.

Vera Wang offered sheer black bomber jackets complete with ribbing collars and classic zips.  Tom Ford’s sporty tank tops bared skin and luxury to the active-wear basic.

This look has influenced the eveningwear and red carpet scene as well. Aubrey Plaza beamed in a cherry Emilio Pucci number at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. The sheer front panel gave the slinky gown a sexy sporty twist.

Anna Kendrick mixed Grecian with simply chic at the Oscars red carpet. Her black J. Mendel number featured pleated chiffon with a basic sheer top.  Bring your athleticism and trend-savvy style to the dance floor this season with these sheer and modern gowns!

On the Runway

Orange You Glad?

s14-trend1-sketchOften accused of being the most unflattering color, orange has returned—determined, fresh, and trendy—to this season’s spring runways. Bright and garish, loud and saturated, for years designers have shied away from this unpopular hue. Yet now fiery goldfish, earthy terracotta, and succulent persimmon reflect the eager sun-craving consumer’s warm weather fancies.

Richard Chai mixed fresh orange-juice stripes with white, creating a breezy and crisp casual look. Eveningwear designers Jenny Packham and Zac Posen presented romantic russet numbers in chiffon and taffeta.

Kristen Bell radiated spring in a tomato orange Zuhair Murad number at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. A few weeks earlier, new red carpet icon Lupita Nyong’o was a bronze goddess in a metallic orange Givenchy pleated look.

This spring color has cornered all aspects of fashion, becoming the new “it” lip color, and choice statement clutch. Pair orange lipstick with pale blue and white for a fresh modern palette. Or clash magentas and tangerines for the perfect sun-kissed look. Burst into ballroom this spring with these gowns in glowing orange tones!

On the Runway

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