It always seems a bit of an anticlimax watching next season’s trends strutting down the catwalks of New York, London, Milan and Paris when we’ve barely had a chance to try this season’s hottest looks.
I was just getting my head round rainbow pastels and printed bomber jackets when I started to get excited at the prospect of orange coats (next winter’s bolder version of AW13’s pink coat) and quilted everything.
So if you’re like me and too impatient to wait on next winter (yep, this winter is still with us I KNOW) is any of this stuff actually available in the shops, like, now?
Fear not… here’s some AW14 trends that have appeared as if by magic, on the high street, 6 months early. Even better – they work when the sun shines too! Makes you wonder why we bother splitting the seasons…
It wasn’t just the coats that were orange, as designers including Antipodium, Burberry and Preen chose blood orange to bring their designs to life. Next season looks like a tangerine dream so try the trend while the sun’s out and you’ve got a hint of a tan.
THE BOMBER JACKET
The ’90s obsession continues into AW14 and this season’s must-have bomber jacket was a key feature in collections from Giles, House of Holland and Jonathan Saunders, who gave us a double-trend treat with a quilted version (more on that in a minute).
Again House of Holland and Jonathan Saunders were leading the way with this ’90s-inspired texture trend, but Christopher Kane and Peter Pilotto also worked quilting into their AW14 collections and Dior’s standout piece was a fuchsia quilted baby doll dress. The appeal of the classic quilted Chanel bag never wanes anyway but a vintage version of the eternally chic arm candy is the ultimate statement piece next season.
Another ’90s-inspired trend that moves away from the more grunge-based looks of recent seasons, this trend takes our current Clueless
obsession to new levels. Skirt and short suits in matching colours and prints are where it’s at, so take your cue from Cher and Dionne and parade in head to toe plaid or coordinate your colours.
While matching prints and colours were a popular choice at the AW14 shows, symmetrical garments were ousted in favour of the lopsided look. Irregular shapes and hemlines on dresses, tops and skirts are sure to be everywhere next season. From Dior’s outlandish quilted asymmetric hem baby doll dress to the avant garde asymmetry at Gareth Pugh and Viktor & Rolf, uneven style is in for AW14.