Spring/Summer 2014 is a season where cultures and styles collide, as designers sought inspiration from the worlds of travel and art. Delicate fabrics are embellished with artisanal embroideries, graphic prints and tribal jewellery. This old world craftsmanship, however, is given a 21st century twist through innovative fabrics and experimental silhouettes to create a contemporary look.
Beading, feathers, fringing and draping. Elaborate and decorative tribal detailing can be found inAlexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten and Givenchy.
Florals are a seasonal favourite and are updated through new applications. Embellishments at Mary Katrantzou and Giambattista Valli resulted in eye-popping 3D blooms. Stella McCartney’s prints came in silver and black while Oscar de la Renta mixed his with polka dots for a more elegant look.
Lace continues to be a big trend and is all about sheer and sexy. White lace was crafted into romantic yet modern peek-a-boo tops and mini dresses at J. Mendel and Balmain. Ann Demulemeester stuck to all black to create her signature gothic look.
Designers leave little to the imagination by using sheer fabrics such as organza and chiffon in their creations. Cleverly designed tops and dresses reveal erogenous zones at Emanuel Ungaro andAlexander Wang. 3.1 Phillip Lim’s style is decorated with abstract embroideries for an edgy look.
There was a hint of romance in Haider Ackermann’s languid, pleated jackets. Pleated skirts ranged from short and fierce at Nina Ricci, to mid length at Céline where they were worn under several layers.Fausto Puglisi proved he is a masterful technician with his sculpted dresses featuring diagonal folds.
Colours are sweet, as pastels add a soft touch to this season’s boldest looks. Periwinkle added a dash of femininity at Vionnet while mint green created a sporty vibe at Christopher Kane and Manish Arora’s baby pink was girly.