In this, my round-up of the trends from the catwalks of New York, London, Paris and Milan for AW14/15 – sit back and take a journey through the styles, the palette and the details you will be wearing next year….
1. Texture & embellishment
Feathers and hair and more. From Nina Ricci’s voluptuous fur-trimmed coats belted at the waist, to McCartney’s fringed mini-dresses and Rodarte’s Mongolian fur collars, there was plenty of fluff on show. There was some lovely quilting at Dior and Temperley London, and even Katrantzou left behind her signature prints and turned to embroidery and embellishment this season.
Jewels and stars were big themes for AW14/15. Dolce and Gabbana’s glittering silver and black cocktail dresses and Preen’s galactic offerings made for some regal touches for Fall.
Those in question of the texture trend for AW14 need look no further than Gareth Pugh, whose wintery white, sculptural and surreal voluminous sheepskin dresses took fashion in a whole new conceptual direction.
Back in Spring several designers showed glossy metallics along their catwalks and autumn winter 2014 continues this trend. Marrying this trend with point 1) above, Saint Laurent Paris had glittery go-go boots and shimmering mini dresses; Matthew Williamson presented us with liquid silver glomesh micro-dresses. Barbarella would be proud.
3. Oversized sweaters
This could quite possibly be my favourite trend for Fall. Stella McCartney‘s oversized knits looked like the most comfortable piece of clothing I’ve ever seen along the catwalk. Give me an English pub, an open fire, a glass of wine, one of these sweaters and some knee-high suede boots and I’m firmly parked up for the weekend.
4. Colour: pastels vs brights
Spring 2014 saw a sweet as sugar candy rush for the summer palette. For Fall pastels are still around but more subdued in tone; think Gucci‘s ‘My Little Pony palette’ of desaturated pinks, greens and blues. On the other side of the spectrum, colours were zesty and bright; think Dior’s colour clashes and House of Holland’s bold and colorful ‘Debauched Debutantes’.
Of all the shades of Fall this winter, red and forest green stood out for me as winners. Karlie Kloss wore an amazing blood red gown for the Donna Karen show.
4. Shoulders and necks
Victoria Beckham highlighted the shoulders with her (again, slightly oversized) sweaters and coats. That little bit shrugged-off-the-shoulders, casual autumnal look will run and run this winter. Necks were key – Jil Sander showed us beautifully streamlined, funnel neck coats and Iceberg (a new brand find for me) gave us neck-choking collars to beat the chill.
5. Kingdoms & fairytales
Finally, the recent collections were fit for the kings and queens of days gone by as much as they were for the dark, ethereal and otherworldly characters of fairytales. Dolce & Gabbana gave us shimmery medieval knights and modern Red Riding Hoods; Rodarte and Preen referenced the Galactic Empire and McQueen Rivendell meets Games of Thrones; ravens mixing with ghostly apparitions along the catwalk. Is it simply up to you, Blog Reader, to decide which Kingdom you wish to reside in…..
Images: Dazed Digital and Sonny Vandevelde.