Alabaster, ivory, milk – a whiter shade of pale is essential for FW14’s purest trend. For a dress fit for the Snow Queen, look to Victoria Beckham, who toughened feminine pleats with a chunky gold chain. Valentino delivered a masterclass in texture, while Cedric Charlier’s silky, oversized pants signify enviable elegance.
Designers may have indulged their dramatic tendencies when cultivating FW14’s evening looks, but there is a new elegance to these gothic gowns. Spidery lace and laser-cut velvet hint at what lies beneath, while sheer chiffon adds a vital element of freshness.
Classic fall/winter woolens have had a runway makeover. Silhouettes in XL sizes; chunky cable sweaters paired with even chunkier scarves; ribbed-knit separates worn head to toe. Coats should hit the floor: see Haider Ackermann for a modern spin on maxi lengths. Sound toasty? Yes, it will be. But it’s also an ultra-stylish approach to layering up this season.
Designers explored all aspects of Grimms’ Fairy Tales this season: a forbidden forest; woodland creatures; even a runway turn by Little Red Riding Hood. Valentino and Erdem cast a spell with ethereal details such as 3D embroidery and hooded capes, while Dolce & Gabbana’s finale of dresses fit for a gothic Tinker Bell had even the most cynical of fashion editors indulging their inner fantasies.
If you buy one thing this season, make it a peasant dress – the ’70s folk trend is set to be huge for Cruise 2015, too. Couture craftwork is the essence of this bohemian look, from Etro’s embroidered gilet to Burberry Prorsum’s hand-painted sheepskin coat. Decorative details and artisanal accessories should hint at nomadic travels – make tapestry bags and suede knee-high boots your go-tos.
From Burberry Prorsum’s hand-painted prints to Sacai’s geometric patterns, this trend can be defined by a single item – the blanket coat. But avoid bulk underneath: think bare legs or skinny jeans, and cinch it all in with a love-worn leather belt.
A Swinging ’60s vibe flooded the runways in New York and London, before reaching its crest in Milan and Paris with Gucci’s pastel A-line silhouettes, Saint Laurent’s glossy go-go boots and Carven’s prim swing coats. Each piece presented itself as an essential purchase, filled with the decade’s inspired energy. Channel Jean Shrimpton and Jane Birkin when approaching fall’s most resounding trend.