With the AW14 collections already just around the corner, we've decided to give you a headstart on getting sartorially prepped for the year ahead. So, here's our quick guide to 2014 fashion, based on what we learnt from the SS14 shows. Thank us later...
1. Shoes Get Ugly
Well not entirely. The perfect 2014 shoe is, as the French would say, jolie laide, à la Marni’s sacred bejeweled sandal. The divisive pool slider has gone from taboo to trophy item, mules reigned supreme on the runway and trainers are officially an epidemic. Stacked slip-on skate shoes will elongate legs, as will chunky tracker-soled sandals (which cleverly disguise the fact you’re in a heel and have made an effort). You may even be able to run for the odd bus this year.
2. Floral Power
Ever since Drive we’ve been hankering for an embroidered silky bomber (and the Gosling, naturally). This year you will be spoilt for choice. 2014 sees the sportiest and most wearable translation of florals we’ve enjoyed in a long time, which means even tomboys will be adorned in roses and lilies. Jonathan Saunders showed us how to do it with his dreamy peony satin baseball jackets.
You might want to have a rummage through the back of your wardrobe as the zeitgeist for 1990s and early noughties rages on – slogan tees and jumpers will abound. We’re not suggesting you dust off the crimpers, or untangle your tattoo choker, but we highly recommend a glimpse at Carven’s SS14 show for a refined take on Clueless kitsch. Twin sets are a must, acid plaids favourable, low-slung denim recommended and skirts go mini. Like, duh.
4. Back To Cool
Ok, so now you’ve got on your ugly shoes, co-ordinated skirt suit and your bomber jacket, it’s time to get backpacking. No, we haven’t lost it, fashion just got a whole load more practical in 2014. Don’t worry, we don’t want to disturb any long lost memories of school, but this is where you should be getting your inspiration. Chanel had It Girls chomping at the bit for their graffiti, key-chained satchels. The high street, though, has lots of lovely sleek leather offerings for those not keen to look like they’re about to sit their A Levels. See Whistles who have redesigned its cult Portland backpack for SS14 in white.
5. Miss Scarlet
For a more grown-up 2014 feel, try head-to-toe red with reckless abandon. It’s not as scary as it sounds and will ensure you’re ahead of the curve. Max Mara and Fendi kick-started the red revolution but it’s an utterly wearable trend. Start rocking the vermillion vamp look now and it will serve you well throughout the summer months too. Just be sure to mix textures and tones to avoid a flat look.
6. Sheer Cheek
As if the resurgence of the crop top wasn’t enough to have us clawing our way back to our abandoned gym memberships, 2014 is all about translucent fabrics, clear plastics and mesh as seen at JW Anderson and Burberry. Unless you’re Beyoncé, this trend is best adopted via accessories and small splashes – Simone Rocha’s Perspex-soled daisy shoes are a perfect example. Clear plastic macs (see Burberry) and 90s baseball court mesh (re Ashish) will be your friends and not your foes, we promise!