With the fashion voids of Christmas and New Year out of the way (Christmas = terrible but much-loved jumpers, New Year = LBD/ something you’re happy to spill tequila on) the time has come to turn our attention to this year’s S/S season looks and trends. The fashion shows have turned up some classics and some surprises but one thing is certain – it’s going to be super cool to simply be yourself.
Soft pink and pastel shades appear frequently with Mulberry, Burberry, Christopher Kane and Alice Temperley all making the most of pink, combining it with feminine lines and soft textures to create super girly ranges which will flatter and delight this summer. For those who like the idea of making the most of their figure in the coming season, but don’t like the idea of a lot of pink, there is also a monochrome version which uses the same pastel feel to create an almost gothic look with a softer vibe – edgy but still feminine.
The high street is not far behind the designers with their spring/summer collections. H&M are using the idea of soft colours and simple lines to create their seasons must haves like this Sunny Getaway jumpsuit. ASOS have teamed girly dresses and feminine colours with an edge for the spring/summer collection which is appealing to the masses with items such as this skater dress. Bon Prix are showcasing the more monochrome edge with bright colours incorporated into the collection to accentuate and elongate the body like this Boat neck shift dress as well focusing on feminine prints for their Spring Exclusive line.
Ponytails are in, which should be straightened and glossy, and accompanied by a wide stretchy headband, as demonstrated by Victoria Beckham and Vera Wang. Hair worn down is still shiny and straight and parted in the middle – a change from trend for side partings that has dominated for the last couple of years. This will best flatter a high, smooth forehead, and long hair is also set to make a comeback.
Eye shadow is blue once more – not the sharp and vivid tones of 2011, but softer pastel infused shades, although electric blue eyes were a feature at Marc Jacobs. Lipstick is on the peach side, and orange lips were seen a New York Fashion Week – peach won the day at Zac Posen though, and most women would prefer to tone down the lipstick if they are wearing blue eye shadow, although for the bold orange and blue make for a dramatic look.
As for nails – matte is back. Nail polish has moved on from the days when matte polish meant dull, flaky colours with no staying power – matte polishes now come with a more velvety look, which gives the colour more depth. Nail art is not just for the kids anymore either, and nail stencils and intricate designs are going to be a feature of SS14.
So there you have it – whether you want to be girly, edgy, hair up or hair down, it’s all possible in the coming season. And matching nail varnish is out, so mix it up and go crazy. And animal print hair dye is in. It’s going to be a good year.