It is winter, but the great news is that spring is just around the corner. For those of us who love fashion, that means real excitement. It may not be time yet to take off the winter coats, hats and boots, but Spring 2014 is already shaping up to be a glorious season based on what we have seen on the runways so far. Once the snow has melted, we can look forward to sunny colours, delicate pastels and a touch of retro nostalgia. Expect many of these styles to be showing up in your favourite retailers in a few weeks – get ready to shop for what exemplifies some of the hottest – and coolest – fashion trends of the coming season.
Bold and bright
The last few seasons have been incredibly traditional when it comes to colour, but that is all set to change. This spring's fashions include an explosion of energetic colour, ranging from mouthwatering florals through to electric artpop pinks and regal reds. Chanel has been showing exactly how colour can make an outfit come to life, and Mark Jacob's use of deep, vibrant colours makes any woman look like royalty. Top that off with bold, artistic flower prints from Christopher Kane, and you know that winter is soon going to disappear under an avalanche of exuberant hues.
Spring 2014 is not just about splendidly excessive colours, however. Pastels have added an elegant and gentle breath to the fashion scene over the last couple of months, with their frosty, light tones creating a perfect bridge between the ice of winter and the vivacious shades of summer. Pastels are a traditional part of springtime, but designers such as jason wu and Prabal Gurung have given them a new twist this year – creating sophisticated silhouettes and adding touches of understated colour that transform the simplest of designs.
The 90s are back
Well, the decade that brought us grunge and combat boots is not just back – it is more like it is going from strength to strength. The 90s was a strong theme in 2013, and the momentum seems to be continuing this year. Roadarte is a case in point – their incredibly sexy take on flannel tops and overalls has set the fashion world abuzz, and Balmain has made denim, chunky bracelets and metallic chains into a work of art. In fact, Rihanna has been fronting Balmain's Spring 2014 campaign, giving the fashion house a beautiful – albeit slightly edgy – makeover. Crop tops are also big news – one of the ultimate 90s fashion statements is on the menu for those who are brave enough to adopt the style.
Metallics that are out of this world
Continuing on with the 90s theme, Lanvin has offered us a retro view of the future with its gorgeous silvery garments that remind us of what we thought space uniforms were going to look like a couple of decades ago. Lanvin continued the metallic theme further, taking us back to the 1920s with flapper dresses with iridescent metallic embellishments. However, Lanvin was not alone in championing a slinky metallic look – other designers who joined them included Haider Ackermann, Ralph Rucci, Diane von Furstenberg and thakoon.
These over-length, dressy t-shirts were everywhere on the runways this year, both alone and in combination with another of this spring's major fashion trends – the cropped jacket. For those of us who may have indulged a little too much over the Christmas vacation, this is a gift – shift blouses are incredibly forgiving, and can be used to add extra flair to shorts or jeans. Even if you are not quite sure about walking around in a long V-neck t-shirt and not much else, the shift blouse is a versatile essential that deserves a place in anyone's spring wardrobe.
Crisp pleats and wide pants
Classic lines are also back, with pleats making a dramatic return to the fashion scene. Christian Dior gave these pride of place, creating clean silhouettes with strong, flattering lines. This is bound to be a favourite – it is difficult for a woman not to look good in pleats, so expect this to make the transition from the runway to the retailers in no time at all. Equally wearable were the baggy pants that we saw from a number of designers – perhaps not the same clean lines as pleats, but equally photogenic. Notable examples came from Alexander Wang and karen walker. Pair these with a cropped jacket from Rebecca Minkoff or Thakoon, and you are on to a winning combination.