From pearly sequins to patent plastic and latex, shiny textures and fabrics are on the cards across the seasons. Across collections from Paris, London and New York fashion weeks the shine was dominant. The revival of the plastic mac was evident on Autumn ’13 collection catwalks at London Fashion Week, with Felder Felder combining plastic macs with latex. Mermaid pearly fabric shades and sequin tones could be seen in the Marc Jacobs and Rodebjer Spring Summer ’14 collections at New York Fashion week. Leathers were displayed with sheen, and gilt gold and silver pants were paired with fluffy sweaters to balance them out in the Balmain show . One thing’s for sure, this trend is as much an exploration of fabrics and textures as it is a treat for the senses.
Left to right: Balmain, Felder Felder, Rodebjer & Marc by Marc Jacobs.
With New York Fashion Week in full swing, the misconception that you have to squeeze into something body hugging to look good is being blown out the water. The Spring Summer ’14 ranges showed us that fashion is getting intelligent. Comfort and functionality were key factors in many of the ranges. One of my wardrobe dilemma quick fixes is throwing a slightly oversized tailored blazer over a t-shirt, allowing comfort but also providing a more dressy look. Looking at the ranges for the up and coming season, the art of comfort luxe seems to have been perfected.
Elasticated soft tailored pants, bodysuits with shorts and blazers, sweaters over airy dresses and even dresses with pockets were some of the styles displayed by designers for their Spring Summer ’14 collections. The functional nature of these high fashion pieces have made them more practical for comfort and wearable longevity. Silhouettes are starting to accommodate a bit of room to breathe, though being structured and shaped in the right places, but not restrictive in the areas that count. It is very possible for silhouettes to look structured without restricting movement and a large factor is to do with fabrication and cut.
Yes it’s amusing to see Lady Gaga in the occasional cage dress but in the real world, where comfort and productivity are king, you can get more milage out of a smart jumpsuit or a soft tailored elasticated ensemble. Now we’re talking.
Images (left to right): Wes Gordon, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Phillip Lim, DKNY, Rag & Bone.