Hemingway said that “with so many trees in the city [in Paris], you could see the spring coming each day until a night of warm wind would bring it suddenly in one morning.” Springtime encapsulates the floral scents, the romanticism of reading in the park, watching old movies, maybe that’s just me, and of course, dressing for the season of outdoors. And spring is no shy season of delicate colours, pastel tones and every shade of pink, purple and yellow imaginable. Designers have taken to using harsher leathers, fine fabrics under heavy sleeveless knits, as well as combinations of colours, details and trimmings to make pastels less childlike and instead, somewhat more debonair.
Miu Miu’s catwalk provided us with the right amount of pink fur, pastel pencil skirts and pale lilac jackets whilst Chanel similarly adorned the catwalk with pastel tones, pinks, lilacs and florals. It was the perfect combination of chiffons tucked into tweeds and a white dress embellished only top and bottom with pastel flowers and beads. It was feminine, it was strong, it was part statement, but first and foremost, it was stylish and a highlight of the SS15 shows. Chanel, or better yet, Karl Lagerfeld’s creative eye, gave the Chanel collection of girly colours, a strong and ultra-chic look.
“Designers take a modern twist on the traditional for spring 2014 by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad, and strong, confident women, designers use color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom.”
Fashion bloggers and street-stylers have showcased, for sometime, some of the most experimental looks of all time, but their take on spring is always one to follow. Sometimes it’s the mainstream fashion girls, other times, it’s the ones who slip out of the office for a morning coffee as the Bill Cunnighams of the city are out and ready to find them.
Olympia Le Tan, Kate Spade, Bimba Y Lola and Sophia Webster, are but four designers/brands who know how to make accessories both set and follow the trends. Designers are pulling out all the stops with colourful, word-embellished clutch bags, bold jewellery painted in bright colours and shoes with coloured trims and top-stitchings.
Accessories are, therefore, the ultimate way to translate this trend into your wardrobe. Bags, silk scarves, hats, jewellery and shoes are one way in which designers actuate the trends on the consumer. It is a clever way to work the trends into your wardrobe if splurging on a new wardrobe is out of the question. Whether your attire consists of a muted palette filled with textured fabrics, tailored pants and fitted dresses, or brights-all-round, it is about knowing your style, and how to incorporate the trends.
But what if all you can afford is high street? Then where better to head than Topshop.
Skinnydip London is one brand which never shies away from colour, a word or gem. At London’s flagship Topshop store, the Skinnydip stand is about the most enticing stand in the area. Popcorn tubs, milk-cartons and cups full of Unicorn tears, are the bags to buy and incorporate mix into your wardrobe.
There are a plethora of concessions as well as Topshop’s own pieces, which perfectly suit this season’s dressing and i’ve created a small collection bellow for now (the ‘Χ’ marks a personal favourite). How you style them on the other hand, is entirely up to you.
[Available on the website and in some stores].