Top trends for summer 2014
GET SPORTY: Once again, sports luxe was one of the standout trends at the Spring/Summer '14 fashion weeks. It appears what was once seen as a passing fad has cemented itself as a veritable style movement, with athletic-inspired pieces dominating the runways across all four international fashion destinations. This year, sleek tailoring was combined with flowing, feminine silhouettes, as seen at Vera Wang and Marni (above left and right) along with numerous other designers, proving that sporty pieces can in fact work for any occasion. GET THE LOOK: Country Road Stripe Trim Zip cardigan, $109, Topshop Tailored Satin skort, $80 and Nike Free Run 5.0, $170.
POWDER PINK: Craving a burst of feminine colour? Well you're in luck - pink is IN for summer, with ultra-pretty pastel pink and blush tones dominating the SS14 runways. Those in the Northern Hemisphere may be currently donning this hue in the form of oversized coats and moto jackets for winter, but you can get ahead of the pack by jumping on this trend right now. The key is to avoid any Barbie-esque connotations (especially if your hair is of the blonde variety) so be sure to keep your look clean and minimal. Keep an eye out at all your chain store and designer faves - you'll be surprised how often this delightful pop of colour will crop up in new season collections. GET THE LOOK: Country Road Crop Zip Detail Sateen jean, $109, Topshop Cropped Crepe tee, $64, and Topshop Bubble Jacquard Midi skirt, $96.
'90S NOSTALGIA: Fact: the slip dress isn't going anywhere. '90s fashion is back in a big way with spaghetti straps and minimalist lines appearing on even the most detail-oriented designer runways. And let's just be clear - this isn't just any throwaway trend. Slip dresses pop in and out of fashion so much, you're almost guaranteed to get your money's worth. When Alexander Wang designs (as seen on the left), we listen. GET THE LOOK: Zambesi Straight slip, $315, and Asos Midi Cami Dress with Lace Trim, $79.
SHEER DELIGHT: A strategic touch of sheer is the perfect way to keep cool in summer while remaining chic and classy. As seen in shows throughout the SS14 international runway season (check out the beautiful Calvin Klein collection look above left), this trend has caught the eye of many a high-profile stylist, with breathtaking peek-a-boo editorials appearing in the likes of Vogue UK and Harper's Bazaar. To keep it more summery and less, shall we say, witchy, we encourage sticking to lighter, more neutral tones when embracing the sheer trend. GET THE LOOK: Glassons Contrast Mesh Knit jumper, $30 on sale, and Bec and Bridge Kathy Mesh Pencil skirt, $200.
SLIDE SANDALS: Put aside your delicate, strappy sandals in favour of perhaps the most shocking comeback of the season - the masculine slide sandal. Celine first sent Birkenstock-esque sandals down their runway in the Spring/Summer '13 season and the humble double-strap shoe has been on international style radars since. Unsure about investing in a shoe most often associated with middle-aged tourists whose number one priority is to be comfy enough to pound the streets all day, err' day? Fair enough. But let's just get excited that fashion designers are finally promoting footwear that is actually comfortable - it's a miracle! Now, on to the Givenchy floral rendition top right. Yes, you heard me right, it's Givenchy. For the small sum of $1081, you could own a pair of these monstrosities (well, ok they're not THAT bad, but over a $1000 smackers? That's just craziness!) Stranger things have happened - Lara Bingle and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley already own them after all... GET THE LOOK: Givenchy Floral Print Nappa Leather sandals, $1081, and Birkenstock Arizona, $149.
FLORALS WITH ATTITUDE: Now, before your roll your eyes in an inevitable, "well, duh", this season's florals are a far cry from the soft, feminine versions we've seen in past years: the new breed of floral print packs a serious punch. These aren't your regular garden variety (see what I did there?), that's for sure. We're especially loving this amazing graphic trench dress from BCBG Max Azria (above, left) which combines graphic black and white colour blocking, sheer panelling and artist floral detailing all in one. Stunning! GET THE LOOK: Zimmermann Precocious '50s Cocktail dress, $535, and Cameo Hill Stomp top, $130.
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Looking for a few new pieces to get you through the warmer weather in style but don't have a clue where to start?
Well, it turns out that despite being on the bottom of the world here in little ol' NZ, having reverse seasons to our Northern Hemisphere counterparts comes in mighty handy when it comes to future fashion trends.
So, basically we have the benefit of previewing the international Spring 2014 runway trends about to hit our cool cousins up North, before deciding which local styles to purchase.
It's how we know midriff tops are having more than a moment, and will be on-trend for (at least) most of 2014.
Sounds tricky, but it's simple: These are the top trends to buy now, and love all year long.
Who was your best dressed of the week?