The Fall 2014 runway shows left us with a myriad of trends to embrace, some of which are better than others. Gucci takes us back a step to the swinging sixties with feminine colors, short dresses, and shiny leather. Dana Kruspe, writer for Fashionista.com, highlights the fact that the sixties made some noise in Milan. She states, “There’s no chance of ignoring it now,” and it’s very clear that she’s right. This trend has already trickled down into stores. Forever 21 features several high-neck swing dresses in bold colors, but nothing compares to Gucci’s ability to represent the sixties with a slightly off-kilter color scheme that channels femininity more than the color scheme of the sixties.
The next trend should definitely be a crowd pleaser. The runway shows emphasized coziness. Yes, finally! Clothes can be fashionable, comfortable, and wearable all at the same time. “Designers seem to be catching onto comfortable dressing more than ever,” states Kruspe.
No need to resort to your sweatshirts when you want comfort because everyday sweaters and dresses are becoming more and more relaxed. For instance, the blanket coat dazzled on runways from Roberto Cavalli to DKNY. What could possibly be better than feeling like you’re wrapped up in a blanket as you’re barring the cold weather? Knit layers also surfaced on the runways, providing a look of effortless comfort without any obtrusive bulkiness.
I am a little bit skeptical of this next trend, and I’m hoping it doesn’t see the light of day in stores. Velvet. Yes, velvet was used for ankle-skimming dresses on the Fall 2014 runways. Frankly, it gives me too many flashbacks to the velvet sweatshirts and sweatpants that I had as a kid. I’d say skip the velvet and move onto a fabric that isn’t so dramatic.
The choker necklace is making its way back onto the scene, referencing goth, grunge, and minimalism. For me, chokers have always seemed like a trend that adolescents go through, but I find it hard to imagine them on an adult. To turn up the heat even more, designers featured a generous amount of red on the runway.
Some outfits were red from head to toe. “Red looks managed to overtake blue in New York…and it’s no surprise that London, Milan and Paris were also caught red-handed,” says Kruspe. Although red seems to be a popular color this year, it’s definitely one that I stay away from because I find it sometimes overbearing and unattractive with certain hair colors, including my own brownish-red locks. But if it looks good on you, I’d say give it a go! It’s definitely a hot trend this year.
On a softer note, pastel colors were surprisingly popular for Fall fashion week. According to Kruspe the increasing amount of pastel colors shown on the Fall runway could be a result of “an increasing focus on seasonless dressing…” I think it’s quite a breath of fresh air to see outfits that are less influenced by the season.
Although it’s good to live by some rules, fashion should be more about breaking them. After all, creativity stems from thinking outside the box and pushing boundaries. Get ready to diversify your wardrobe this Fall. Try something new and make these trends coming off the runway uniquely you.
By Jaclyn Parker