As we turn our calendars over to 2014, now is a good moment to gaze into our fashion crystal ball to divine what might be in store for the next 12 months. Click through the gallery above for our top 10 predictions....
Shoes Go Ugly? An Italian Renaissance? It's Our Top 10 Fashion Predictions for 2014!
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1. The 'It' Bag
The minute Karl Lagerfeld’s street-chic backpack hit the Chanel catwalk, Instagram blew up with editors and style bloggers alike anointing the new It Bag of the season. We predict countless fashion week sightings come February.
2. The Colour
Pantone have announced that Radiant Orchid – suggesting a strong lilac shade will be adding a pretty pastel flavour to shop floors in 2014, while Trendstop.com is backing Papaya, a fruity coral hue for the New Year.
3. The No-Go
The status logo is back in style for 2014, but this time around it’s not all about shout at loud branding. Indeed the year’s best logos are only recognisable if you’re in the know. From Alexander Wang’s Parental Advisory sweater to Christopher Kane’s PETAL pullover, these are buys that will give you instant insider status. So get swotting up, because 2014 is going to be about subtle branding.
4. Denim Goes Dark
Deepest indigo dyes have hit the catwalk but there is nothing run-of-the-mill about 2014’s denim. From sculptural one shoulder tops at Marques Almeida to a floor length maxi at Valentino to Louis Vuitton’s inky must-have jeans, denim has had an elegant and luxe makeover. Forget your distressed stonewash – 2014 is all about about deepest shades and true blue pigments.
5. The Hot Ticket
The departure of Marc Jacobs from his role at Louis Vuitton in October marked the end of a fashion era. Come the New Year, all eyes are set to be on his replacement – Nicolas Ghesquiere. As Creative Director of Balenciaga for 15 years, Nicolas inspired legions of fanatical fans with his Lego shoes, buckle boots and sci-fi sweats. We predict there won’t be a seat in the house when he makes his debut on the final day of Paris fashion week – the hottest ticket of the whole month of shows.
6. Time To Style It Up
If you’re looking for the new ‘Shoulder Robing’ style twist, then 2014 has plenty to offer. First up is the hair tuck – slipping your barnet into your jacket to create a faux bob. Next we have the new way to style a boyfriend jean. We’ve been used to seeing wide-cut jeans teamed with pointy courts to give the oversized style a feminine twist. But we predict the only way to work the boyfriend jean for 2014 is to roll ‘em up and match with a pair of ankle boots. We also predict the New Year will bring supersized trousers with it, super-douper-sized volumes coming into play. Chic!
7. Shoes Go Ugly
Forget your fairy-tale heels and feminine flats because this year the ugly shoe –once the preserve of only fashion’s most fierce- is set to go mainstream. Complete with orthopaedic style soles, spool slider straps and all manner of utilitarian detailing including –shock, horror – Velcro fastenings, these shoes are never going to win a beauty contest. But that doesn’t stop them from being really rather fabulously cool.
8. The New Brit Names to Know
London - the undisputed hotbed of fashion creativity – is continually churning out uber-talented young designers. But the names you need to know for the class of 2014 are three women below, who have already scored points with both fashion insiders and A-listers….
Aside from finding fans in both Rihanna and Harry Styles who have both worn her illustration print t-shirts, Ashley Williams showed her first two London Fashion Week catwalk shows this year. She’s also been keeping busy with FunkyOffish – her design collective with flatmate Pixie Geldof of catwalk kitsch chic.
Central Saint Martin’s graduate Sadie Williams’ space inspired collections have got buyers and bloggers – including Susie Bubble who wore one of the designers dresses at London Fashion Week this season – clamouring. Her floor-sweeping embossed lurex gowns are exquisite, but we love her printed t-shirts and sweaters too.
Serafina Sama’s label Isa Arfen has been frequenting many a fashion Instagram account of late, including Alexa Chung’s – a powder blue teddy bear fur coat was one of her 30th birthday gifts. While Serafina is Italian, her label is based in London and melds the elegance of Italian fabrics with soft tailoring, unusual colour palettes and architectural femininity.
9. Italian Fashion Renaissance
The V&A are staging a major fashion exhibition focused on Italian glamour so cue endless images of la dolce vita and classic Sicilian chic next year. We predict a comeback of the hourglass figure and saucy Roman style.
10. Setting Up Shop
Everyone likes to see British designers coming out on top and this year, three of our finest are opening their very first stores in the capital. Victoria Beckham, Christopher Kane and Roksanda Illincic have all created incredible brands over the years and will be celebrating their landmark store in 2014. We predict a fashion riot.