Paris set the scene for a stunning closing of what has been one of the most extravagant Fashion Week circuits for years.
‘More is more’ could be cited as a simple yet suitable tagline for the one trend that transcended catwalks from New York, London, Milan through to Paris. The days of minimalism seemingly over, luxury designers unveiled one gorgeous, decadent detailing after the other. From Marc Jacobs’ mesmerizing, all-in-black, final show for Louis Vuitton, Karl Lagerfeld’s transformation of the Grand Palais into a Chanel museum, to Moncler’s tribal jungle show, trends of the coming season were revealed on stages of extraordinary power play.
Forceful trends of S/S14
In anticipation for the stunning collections to arrive on Sloane Street in spring, we have put together an essential guide for S/S14
Show your mettle – Metallic is the new black
This year the catwalk shone as brightly as the stars on the front row. From Emilio Pucci’s futuristic silver jackets, Dior’s metallic floral jacquards, to Dolce & Gabbana’s gold coin dresses, it is evident that high shine fabrics are back on the agenda for spring/summer. it signals the confidence of this Season: the power of being, daring and shining through. A must-have for the coming season is undoubtedly the luxurious silver leather jacket from Roberto Cavalli.
Bold prints and grand illusions
The design came alive with movement across catwalks, as many of the biggest luxury designers chose to craft their pieces using dramatic 3D-like fabrics, illusionist graphics and flower prints. Some of the most mesmerizing examples could be spotted at Emilia Wickstead with her elegant piano print, or at Marni where graphic flower prints dominated the show. Prada’s powerful ‘working girl’ collection offered decoration in the form of the female face. Dolce & Gabbana stood out from the crowd with textured 3D fabrics, whilst Moncler, Tom Ford and Alberta Ferretti displayed superior craftsmanship and use of fabric, adding further dimension to their design.
Oversize and powerful
A suit makes a man, and now also a women. Another indisputable trend of S/S14 is the use of oversize, masculine tailoring. There were many examples of blazers, wide-legged trousers, conservative, stiffly ironed shirts and long, classic trench coats on the runway. Some of the most notable were pieces from Hermés, Marni, Gianfranco Ferré and Salvatore Ferragamo.