In Perspective: Trends From the SS 2014 Fashion Week Season


(From Left) Elaborate looks at Pucci, Crops at Alexander McQueen, Sheer Mesh at Balmain

After weeks of fashion indulgences, the Spring/Summer 2014 runway season is finally starting to wind down. From New York to London, Milan and Paris, there was much to look and think about over the last month. Even with a few major global fashion weeks prepping to hit the runways– Tokyo Fashion Week starts next Monday and headlines Missoni– there is already an enormous collection of fashion imagery to pore over. From trend forecasting to street style, we will be digging our heads into it for months to come in search of our favorite styles from the season.

In lieu of Style Selec’tings this week, we decided to change course. We are giving you our best roundup of themes and trends spotted on the Spring/Summer 2014 runways. While there were just some trends that were completely bizarre to attempt in our climate (fur in a Jamaican spring and summer? Yea.. no. ), there were others that we see completely infusible into our daily ensembles. From mesh fabrics that resemble our own Marina culture to modern sport and the continuance of crop tops, we composed some quality trend forecasting for you to feast your eyes on. So without further adieu, peep the trends to watch and wear for Spring and Summer 2014.

Mesh Fabrics: In line with the Jamaican sensibility of a mesh marina, designers are playing with new forms of mesh in various textures and shapes. From mesh overlays with fringe to over-sized tees and embellished skirts, mesh fabrics were designed in both sleek and playful ways for S/S 2014.


(From Left) The Row, Céline, Gucci

Extravagant Checkers: The common checker print is getting a makeover with these playful shapes and textures. Rodarte did a beautiful ruffle piece with an asymmetrical hemline while Balmain designed a pleated mini skirt and paired it with sheer polkadots.

Rodarte Balmain

(L) Rodarte (R) Balmain

Sporty: The sporty look is big for Spring/Summer 2014, using light fabrics and sports shorts. Also keep an eye out for a more relaxing sport sandal, as they are quickly being reintroduced into our wardrobes.


(From Left) Pucci, Balenciage, A.F. Vandevorst

Crop Tops Continue: Crop tops are not losing momentum any time soon. The style continues to be redesigned in sporty bandeau shapes, cascading chiffon and fitted shifts, the look stays being a staple in your wardrobe.


(From Left) Balenciage, Peter Pilotto, Fendi

Peek-A-Boo Panels and Chiffon: Skirts shapes were played with quite a bit on the runway this season, giving favor to the longer styles. A sex appeal is added to the look with peek-a-boo panels and chiffon, showing off a little leg under the longer skirt style.


(From Left) Valentino, Y-3, Celine

Knife Pleats: These slender long pleats were turning heads on the runway for their elegant movement and kinky accordion style. They are ultra feminine in modern styles at Proenza Schouler, metallic and vintage 1970s at Lanvin, and decadent 1920s with a tinge of grunge at Rochas.


(From Left) Proenza Schouler, Lanvin, Rochas

Metallic Fabrics: We absolutely adore the metallic fabric styles for S/S 2014 and they come in many shapes, colours and forms to fit your personality.


Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Lanvin, Gucci

Elaborate Details: The detailing on fabrics this season were elaborate with beads and tassels in beautifully crafted ways. Whether the embellishments were attached at skirt tips or shirt tops, they were intricate and exceptionally artistic.

Delpoza, Erdem, Duro Olowu, Valentino

Extreme Sheer and Lace: Sheer fabrics and lace evoked styles of the Renaissance and royalty with extreme visibility. While looks from Giles were modern, a little more conservative and bright, Valentino, Tom Ford and Dolce & Gabbana used dark moody colours in perfectly positioned lace and sheer fabrics.

Giles, Valentino, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana

Shoulder Play: Interesting shoulder play was taking place during this runway season with abstract cut-outs, romantic off-the shoulder designs and wing-like coverage.


(From Left) Christopher Kane, Balenciaga, Chanel.

Lady Hats: Hats were seen all over the runway in various forms, but the lady-like styles of The Row, Maki Oh and Agnes B were fresh and French. With a pop of red colour on the lips, this style is a perfect way to frame your face.


(From Left) The Row, Maki Oh, Agnes B

Walking Art Piece: The recreation of art on clothing was strong in many of the major fashion houses’ designs. From brush strokes to drawings and paintings, the walking art piece was very much embraced. One of the most amazing experiences on the runway this season came from a group of steppers who modeled and danced during the Rick Owens presentation. There is an excellent interview with the lead stepper and choreographer LeeAnet Noble at


(From Left) Chanel, Missoni, Prada, Celine

(Images courtesy of NY Magazine and French Vogue)

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