Spring 2014 Breaking Trends Right Off the Runways

In Breaking Trends, What's New by Lauren Parker

Trends happen faster than ever. That’s why we’re bringing you daily Breaking Trends, right off the Spring 2014 New York, London, Milan and Paris runways! When Fashion Month is complete and fully analyzed, our Trend Director will do a Runway Review webinar of the Spring 2014 shows. Until then, here are some timely snippets. Go to our Breaking Trends tab to see the full writeups, and make sure to check back daily to our site for updates!

Ancient Odyssey

Dolce and Gabbana spring 2014
Dolce & Gabbana didn’t just take a trip to Sicily (again) for inspiration, they took a trip back in time. Ancient Roman columns, coins and even ancient ruins pop up as prints and embellishments. Branches of flowering almond trees put the scent of spring in the air, adding femininity to the masculine overtones (don’t those giant coin belts and breastplates make you think of gladiators in the Colosseum?). Look for coin prints, coin belts and coin jewelry moving forward. For more on this trend, check out our Ancient Odyssey trend board, which we used as a predictor of Spring 2014 trends. To delve even deeper into the Ancient Odyssey trend, go to AccessoriesDirections.com




The key to fashion is taking something already popular and evolving it into something new and covet-worthy. Fendi did just that with trendy themes like colorblocking, sheer overlays and transparent plastics. The result: a lovely graphic collection in tonal shades of grays, oranges and blues. Dresses featured vertical or diagonal layers with graphic cuts into them, handbags used a prism effect, while shoes built up colors with tonal layers of transparent plastic. A nice evolution from Fendi’s opaque plastics from Spring 2013.


Gucci leather and suede handbags

Gucci leather and suede handbags

There’s a definite movement in fashion this season and it comes with fringe benefits. From wispy, silky fringe on dresses, tops, scarves and skirts, to thick leather and suede fringe on handbags and tassels, fringe takes many forms and weights. It can also evoke various moods, from Gatsby’s Golden Age to Western Prairie to Contemporary Art.

Floating Geometrics

From left: Victoria Beckham, Jeremy Laing, Brandon Sun

From left: Victoria Beckham, Jeremy Laing, Brandon Sun

Taking a cue from geodesic domes, architectural lines and even crumpled up paper, designers floated lots of geometric forms on their apparel and accessories. Some were sharp-edged as if drawn with a straight-rule, while others had slightly softer forms. Either way, grab that protractor and head back to geometry class!


Sheer Overlays

From left: Vera Wang, Helmut Lang, Mulberry

From left: Vera Wang, Helmut Lang, Mulberry

Layers are one of the season’s defining characteristics, with complete looks being built up slowly with each overlay. Opaque/sheer mixes play peekaboo with the body while designers got creative with translucent and milky plastics.

Glammed-Up Sport

From left" Marc by Marc Jacobs, Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders

From left” Marc by Marc Jacobs, Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders

New York and London Fashion Weeks–Sports style is scoring major points/goals/touchdowns this season. What’s new is a heightened sense of glam, from satin team jackets at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Saunders to colorful sneaker trompe l’oeil prints at Mary Katrantzou. Neoprene, stylish visors, backpacks and bright anoracks with pull-cords are a must.


Trimmings by Marc Jacobs

Fashion’s Bad Boy Darling did it again. Yes it was dark and heavy for spring but upon closer look there were a ton of great–and applicable–ideas on trim and embellishments: military-inspired epaulettes, tightly grouped covered buttons, Victorian/gothic trim, passimenterie, tassels, appliqued sequin flowers and leaves, graphic tropical prints and large lace-like flowers.  Take you pick. Now go… get inspired!

Pretty Plaids

From left: Tadashi Shoji, Castello Tagliapietra, Jen Kao
Step aside, heavy red tartans and menswear tweeds from Fall! Spring 2014′s plaids and ginghams are light, soft, fluid, sheer and oh so pretty. Overlaid or appliqued with lace, paired with satins or mixed with flowers, these pretty plaids on the runway tie in perfectly to our Punk Playground trend, projected by our trend service AccessoriesDirections.com.

Hawaiian Punch

From left: Cynthia Rowley, Tommy Hilfiger, Milly
Designers took a trip to Hawaii this season, stopping over in California on the way. From Hawaiian flowers and palm trees printed onto t-shirts, surfer-style neoprene, clear plastic or perforated leather, the looks put a fresh spin on the tried-and-true hibiscus. Check our Virtual Jungle trend board to see more of this vivid, colorful trend.

Flower Panels

From left: Tanya Taylor, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Gary Graham
Remember in “The Devil Wear’s Prada” when Miranda Priestly humiliated a fashion editor for dating to suggesting a floral photo shoot for the spring issue? “Flowers for spring… hoooow original!” she scoffed.  Well, we could do 10 different posts on highly original flower trends coming off the shows this week, but this one caught our eye the most. Pieces of flower panels are mixed with solids, plaids, graphic swirls and other flowers to create striking looks.

Chambray, Light Denim

From left: Donna Karan, Rebecca Taylor, Veronica Beard
Forget all those dark-rinse skinny jeans in your closet. Chambray and light-colored denim are the new players on the scene, having moved up to shirts, overalls, tops and dresses on the Spring ’14 runways. Let’s hope acid-washed or DIY bleached tie-dye aren’t next!

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