This Fashion Friday is brought to you by the lovely fellow AG, Chandler Carr, who writes the style blog “Hot Coffee with a Straw.” Chandler is here to give us her rundown of Fashion Month, and what to expect next season.
I’m back! And boy do I have news for you…
For those less inclined to closely follow the runways bi-annually (more frequently if you count menswear and couture), let me fill you in: beginning the 3rd of September a month long marathon began for the fashion set from New York, to London, Milan, and then to Paris. During what is now best known as “Fashion Month” (also occurring in February) we fashionistas have gotten a look at what’s to come for spring. I can hear the questions flying now: what do I save, what do I sell? What do I dig out of mothballs, and what must I buy?Lucky for you, I am delivering to all of you AG followers the Cliff’s notes version of 350+ shows with all you need to know about being completely on trend once we Londoners emerge the other side of (a hopefully not too frigid) winter.
From start to finish the past month this non color has been on nearly every catwalk. And I don’t mean a splash or a dabble: head to toe, please. This IS the hue of the season for apparel, shoes, bags, belts, you name it. But, what if you want to invest in one new white piece this spring, what should it be, you ask? A LWD. That would be a .. .little white dress. Just as you wear your LBD endlessly, style it in countless ways, the LWD will be an equivalent staple come spring. It’s just crucial. And if that LWD were to be some iteration of a shirtdress, extra points for you. As a last note, don’t hesitate to continue pairing your black with white if you’re looking for something to punch up your outfit
From pale to popping, subtle to shocking, if white is number one, pink is a very close second for the spring shade to strut. Vary your hues all in one look for a fun and flirty take or go monochrome for a slick chick one. Pink is EVERYWHERE – and admittedly this girly girl is thrilled – but that doesn’t mean you only want to wear pink and white all season long. Pastel brights and saturated hues are the palettes to focus on. Those colors you see in Jordan almonds? Perfect. Rust, Plum, Copper, Teal, Everest? They may seem overly autumnal but designers are focused on them for the flowering season of 2014. Those bonus points in this category fall in items with a bit of iridescence. Think patent, lame, brocade, satin (yes, even for daytime), maybe the occasional gem, crystal, or paillette even. But now you ask WHAT shall I buy in these colors… read on…
from left to right: Fendi, Tod’s, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès, all images, credit: style.com
FLASH BACK to the 1990’s:
The ‘90’s are back, and in a big way. Clothes are returning to a minimal place with interesting cuts, seaming, and structure to create great volume. Pleats have also made a huge showing, which plays directly to this theme: pleated trousers, pleated skirts, you name it. Plissé pleats perhaps the most used, emphasize designers’ focus on the architectural, and lend themselves to asymmetry. Back to the 1990’s also includes high waisted bottoms and midriff baring tops for Spring 2014. So start digging in the cedar closet, your 90’s get ups are going to be called back up!
While you’re in the attic, go ahead and pull any old letter jackets from your high school years, even a jersey or two, out of the mothballs: athletic ensembles are moving back into our wardrobe. And no, this does not make it OK to wear our favorite Lulu Lemon and Sweaty Betty outside of spin or pilates, but it does mean that gymnasium is going glamorous. Designer sweatshirts are the casual chic staple, mesh and perforated leather will pop up more than you can imagine, and throwing on a bomber or baseball jacket over everything from jeans to dresses will be your go-to while the English air is still crisp. Watch out, this trend is racing toward us, so shop it the first chance you can!
Now tuck this little guide away if you wish, I am not so far into the fashion clouds to forget we must make it through the holidays before these styles hit stores… but you wouldn’t want to shop for spring uninformed, now would you?!
Chandler Carr writes a fashion blog entitled “Hot Coffee with a Straw.” A native of Texas, she in fact enjoys a hot coffee every morning, with a straw. Each Wednesday she features Words of Wisdom to inspire her fellow fashion-loving readers, and each weekend she writes an editorial commentary on a style, a trend, a brand, or current event in the sartorial world. Additionally she covers the shows of both men’s and women’s fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. We hope you will follow the link to her blog here: www.chandlercarrblog.com.