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Fashion Trends 2014

So I’ll start by saying it’s been a long time since I’ve written about anything fashion. & me, being the self proclaimed fashion whore that I am, I should be blogging a little more.

With Mercedes Benz Fashion week approaching, opening night being Feb 6th, I’m looking forward to see what new & old designers have to showcase this season. So far, the obvious trends for the Spring 2014 season are pastels, jackets ( bomber & boxy to be exact), floral prints and appliques, mesh, full length (tea) skirts, the white collar blouse, along with many more.

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Glamour.com | From Left: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Taylor

Already, I am seeing pastel colors flooding into stores. Blues, pinks, purples and yellows have been the first waves of colors I’ve seen put on racks. I currently work at Express and I can say about 50% of our new shipment has been pastel color blouses and shorts. Personally, I love the pastel color palette but I feel it is very season specific and doesn’t translate well in the fall-winter seasons. Last year alot of the pastel colors were focused on ombre and fringe. This year I’m seeing alot more tailored looks, suits, skirts and long dresses.

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Instyle.com | From left: Elizabeth & James, Milly and Vera Wang

Mesh seems to have transferred over to another season yet again! It feels like a whole year has passed and mesh is still something big within the fashion industry. Now, mesh if executed properly can give you a very sexy and seductive look. But, because of it’s popularity and inexpensive cost in fabric stores, local designers have taken mesh from sexy and seductive to trashy and revealing. From low plunging necklines and mesh insets, only covering the breast and pelvic areas on a female, mesh has become a trend that I feel is “played out”.  It’s become misused and not as “seductively chic’ as it is when showcased in fashion shows. I love the mesh trend, more so when it’s brought out in colors other than black but I still think of a beach coverup when a model walks down a runway.

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Street Style | Details Magazine
Instyle.com | From left: L’Wren Scott, Ralph Lauren and Antonio Berardi

 

Suits! Suits are back. Being a big 90’s fanatic the unconventional dresssuit has always been a favorite. Bold colors and prints are plastered on everything on the runway. And this time, this trend is not only for women. Men are already seeming to be catching on.  Floral men’s jackets, with a neutral tie and dress pants are to die for. This trend is not one anyone can pull of but I love to see how far it gets within the city. Creativity is key!!!

And what I don’t like…

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Shown: Christian Siriano, Alice + Olivia, Proenza Schouler 

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 Instyle.com | From left: Lanvin, Marc by Marc Jacobs and 3.1 Phillip Lim

I’m on the fence about full length skirts and iridescent prints. Full length skirts and dresses exude a lot more class and subtlety, that the American fashion sense doesn’t seem to have down pack yet. Midi skirts have become very popular in the last season but I don’t know if America is ready for Tea Skirts, chignon buns and over sized clutch bags just yet. And as for iridescent prints, it’s a lot like fringe. I think it works well, depending on the garment but it doesn’t go with everything and I can predict this ending up a lot like mesh.