Insider's Picks: 7 Trends for Spring/Summer 2014

Another Fashion Week, another long list of things to covet. Designers brought their A-game, and they certainly delivered myriad options for the upcoming season - florals to feathers, pleats to metalics, and collars to stripes

Now that we've bid farewell to Fashion Week for this year, here's a roundup of the top seven trends we expect for Spring 2014.

The runways of Fashion Week in New York, Paris and Milan this fall were filled with some of the world's top models showcasing Spring/Summer 2014 collections, and highlighting what trends we can expect to see take center-stage next season. 

We don't know about you, but our wishlist is getting unbelivably long - and how could it not? From feminine styles like florals, pleats and pastels, to more edgy pieces that are sure to please the more adventurous of us. 

Anyone who says florals are passé should accept that they're coming back for another season. Thankfully we weren't bored to tears by next season's floral frocks, thanks to many inventive minds. We're already coveting Elie Saab's cute floral gowns, in love with the floral crowns at Dolce & Gabbana and are pretty excited to have an excuse to throwback to our younger days in some of Oscar de la Renta's gorgeous creations. 

Pretty pleats, too, made an appearance, delighting the inner girly-girl in all of us, while collars and structured shirts will remain a staple for the coming season, as seen at Alexander Wang and Vionnet. 

Pastels, peaches and neutrals got their 15 minutes of fame, but they quickly made way for hues of blue featured on various designs. From Vera Wang, to Burberry and even to the more eclectic style of Valentin Yudashkin, shades of baby, navy, royal and electric blue were prominent. 

Ladies who love to shine, enjoy next season as it is the perfect excuse to flaunt your metallic pieces - lamé made quite the appearance. Although caution should be given to those who want to overload on metalics. The aim is not shimmering garbage bag chic, which will inevitably occur if one overdoses on the shiny fabric. Take note from Givenchy - their sexy metallic pleated gowns are exactly how the trend should be worn. 

While Junya Watanabe may have distracted us all with the mophead hairstyles the models wore, we thankfully weren't distracted for too long and caught onto the fringe trend the designer clearly flaunted. Feathery dresses and skirts, meanwhile, were spotted from Rodarte, Louis Vuitton and the oh-so-fabulous Moncler Gamme Rouge. 

  • Insiders Picks Top Seven Trends For Springsummer 2014#1 Floral Frenzy - Get ready to rock your floral frocks ladies, in a variety of styles. Oscar de la Renta brought his A-game with a rose-shaped pink dress, while Elie Saab flaunted a cool floral print on its ladylike dresses. After all, what would spring be without a sea of flower-printed skirts and dresses? 
  • Insiders Picks Top Seven Trends For Springsummer 2014 1#2 Shine On - Metallics were everywhere on the runways of Fashion Week, from holographic highlights to full-on futuristic colored metallics (we're looking at you, Lanvin) and flashy accessories. Tom Ford's blinged-out show takes the cake, but honorable mentions have to go to Saint Laurent, Givenchy, and Dolce & Gabbana for their use of lamé. Rodarte's pretty use of metallics also deserve a mention.  
  • Insiders Picks Top Seven Trends For Springsummer 2014 2#3 Fringes and Feathers - From the Louis Vuitton closing spectacle to Moncler's Gamme Rouge show, feathers were in full gear during Fashion Week. Fringes too, made a comeback, either in accessories or as embellishments.
  • Insiders Picks Top Seven Trends For Springsummer 2014 3#4 Pretty Pleats - Delicate pleats feature on billowing dresses, like a metallic pleated wonder from Givenchy, as well as being used subtly and hidden under a structured outfit a la Ferragamo. Either way, we're loving the feminine touch these pleats have, and how they are so wonderfully evocative of springtime. 
  • Insiders Picks Top Seven Trends For Springsummer 2014 4#5 Print Perfect - Loud pop-art prints and bold lines feature on dresses, coats, and even shoes. If you can rock Carven's camoflage coat without looking like you're stuck in the 90's, you deserve serious props. Meanwhile, at Chloe and Chanel, bright block colors make an appearance on flowing dresses. 
  • Insiders Picks Top Seven Trends For Springsummer 2014 5#6 Collared Chic - We spied white collars peeping out of chic dresses or on crisp shirts. The latter, a more masculine style spotted at Alexander Wang, pays homage to oversize men's shirts, while the former is a nod to some of the things we saw earlier in the season. Either way though, they work, and we're glad they have been brought back for another season. 
  • Insiders Picks Top Seven Trends For Springsummer 2014 6#7 Something Blue - While pastels got a lot of time on the runway, the hues of blue did not go unseen either. From shades of navy used almost everywhere, to delicate lighter blues and electric hues, we're loving that blue is taking over as the "it" color. 

For more pictures of the various trends, see our related photo essay.


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