With each new season comes a fresh batch of trends to liven up our wardrobes… and our spirits! Every February and September I eagerly stalk my Bloglovin and Instagram feeds to see what new goodies are striding down the runways. Some years the takeaways are few, but this year we are in luck! The designers have decided to inundate us with looks that are not only fun to look at, but also flattering to wear. We’ve rounded up a few key trends for you to try, from the big brands and the high street so you can sample the season whatever your budget!
Clockwise from Top: Ports 1961, Monki, Alexander McQueen available at Joyce, Sonia Rykiel, Smythson, 3.1 Phillip Lim
Pale pink was all the rage for FW13 (see here and here) and, thankfully, it is sticking around through SS14 as well. In addition to this girly shade we are also treated with a fantastic baby blue hue. You can drape yourself from collar to calf in this relaxed Ports 1961 dress or just go for a dash of color with one of these 3.1 Phillip Lim or Smythson bags. Alexander McQueen and Sonia Rykiel each take a simple shift and make it even more feminine through the use of these two shades. Monki makes it simple to put on the pink with this oversized moto jacket, as does Topshop with this lovely lace creation.
Clockwise from Left: Manish Arora available at Joyce, Proenza Schouler available at Joyce, Proenza Schouler available at Joyce, Ports 1961
Pleats have long been a classic but it’s nice to see them having such a resurgence on the fashion front. Whether they remind you of Gatsby-esque summer parties or 80s movies, they are back and more fun to wear than ever! With a range of fun prints, colors, and textures, you can work pleats into your spring look in a number of ways. Blend the pastel and pleat trends in one with the likes of Ports 1961 and Sonia Rykiel, or try something completely new with this barbed wire version from Dries Van Noten available at Joyce. Personally, I love the baboon printed midi by Dsquared2… Maybe you prefer to keep it classic and would rather slip on this black and white Proenza Schouler? If so, you may also want to check out a mighty similar skirt below from Asos!
Okay, okay you got me… this is not a new one but it is just so good I have to keep coming back for more (see here, here and here!). Try several trends in one with a metallic pleated skirt like this flamingo printed version from Vika Gazinskaya or the iridescent one by Monki. If shiny skins are your thing, then 3.1 Phillip Lim has you covered with the purple sleeveless top or patchwork moto skirt (and here you only thought I raved about moto jackets)! Topshop also offers up a shiny skirt with a similar feel. Get your hands on this silver mini Pashli and up any outfit to instant icon status!
If you really want to make a statement, then compliment your look top to toe in a matchy matchy suit! Lanvin, John Galliano, and Giambattista Valli accomplish this with a blow of bold pink as 3.1 Phillip Lim leaves his print on the matter. Proenza Schouler gives us a nice knit version while Marni gives us a tropical punch!
To accomplish this look on tighter purse strings, check out the options at Topshop, Zara, and Asos below. No matter what you spend, Cher and Dion would still approve!
Top Row L to R: Mary Katrantzou available at Joyce, Ports 1961, Peter Pilotto available at Joyce, Manish Arora available at Joyce, Bottom Row L to R: John Galliano, Sonia Rykiel, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Monki
Gone are the bland grays of winter. Spring/summer is a time to shine as bright as the sun and you can blind all those around with an array of dizzying prints! Mary Katrantzou turns a simple sundress into a smash with a print reminiscent of HK apartment buildings, while Ports 1961 takes a sundress literally and puts a sunset right on it! Peter Pilotto and John Galliano insist that you stand out in their creations.
If going all out is too much for you to bear then snatch up one of these Manish Arora clutches for a palatable pop of print. To create this look on a dime pop on one of these featured below for similar print-spirations!
Incorporate a little or a lot – the choice is up to you! Now you are sorted with a top five round up on how to look on-trend and super fab for the coming warm weather months. Hopefully, you have found a look here you love. Remember that you don’t have to always follow trends… it’s better to wear what you love and feel good in, but isn’t it wonderful when these all blend into one? Hopefully with this guide you can spring into something that is totally you!
List of Hong Kong store locations:
3.1 Phillip Lim 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Ports 1961 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Ports 1961 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Smythson Harvey Nichols, Second Floor, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Smythson Store 243, Level 2, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
2918 9100 www.smythson.com
Sonia Rykiel 11 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Sonia Rykiel 345 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Sonia Rykiel 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Monki 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Topshop Asia Standard Tower, 56-65 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
2118 5353 www.facebook.com/…
Zara: see all store locations in Hong Kong here