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LFW SS14 Preview: 5 trends we’d like to keep – and forget

Amidst the roller coaster of fashion seasons, which now almost blur into one long never-ending conveyor belt of newness, the concept of ‘in season trends’ has in many ways been dissolved. Strict fashion rules that dictate what you can and cannot wear in any given season no longer exist – it’s much more about individual style and self-interpretation of the collections, themes and looks.

New season pieces are there to be played with and to add to your existing repertoire, as opposed to being strictly worn regimentally the minute the weather turns to the next fashion cycle. As such, to be truly ‘on trend’ in September 2013 one would mix a camouflage Christopher Kane AW13 kilt skirt, with a white bobbled Arun jumper that you inherited from your Great Aunt Iris, monochrome tire-tread Stella McCartney platforms, that emerald green Celine tote that your ex-boyfriend gave you years ago and the ghetto-gold chains you got on your gap-yarrr in Vietnam back in 2001. Chic.

However, this ‘deregulation’ of trends and reliance on self-interpretation can often lead to sartorial monstrosity. The rules have relaxed but the fashion police still exist – and we don’t want any of you getting locked up! So with Fashion Week upon us, here’s the Planet Notion guide to the trends we’d like to see for SS14 – and the trends we hope we never ever see again:

5 trends we want to see:

1) The Palm Springs holiday – Think Elvis and Priscilla on their honeymoon at a sun-drenched pool-party, Hawaiian florals, ice cream pastels, white kitten sunglasses and mid-century modernism.

2) The “Morticia Adams” – We’re all for the current goth-grunge-riot-grrrl look but for SS14 it’s time to elevate this – and the logical place to evolve this is to style icon Morticia Adams. We’d love to see skin tight fish tailed black dresses with right-angled shoulders, black lips and crocheted spider-webbing. It’s time for an elegantly noir summer.

3) Bring back beige – There’s nothing more stylish than wearing something extremely plain and managing to make it look high-fashion. With this in mind, we’d love to see entire SS14 collections in beige, head to toe. Give us the challenge of pulling it off – we know we can.

4) Extreme futurismIris Van Herpen, Hussein Chalayan and Paco Rabanne have been flying this flag for years but it’s time for futurism to really take off and hit the mainstream. We want silver foiled cocoon shapes, holographic bubbles, metallic fish-scales and robotic limbs.


5) Deconstructed tailoring – We want to the end of bagginess and contoured tailoring come back – but not in the classical sense, more in that asymmetric and decadently luxurious Haider Ackermann way.

5 trends we hope we never see again:

1) Underwear worn as outerwear – Yes we know Marc Jacobs did it for Louis Vuitton but he did also set his collection in a boudoir. Unless you happen to live your daily life in a boudoir, leave the satin corseted pyjama dress for your private night-time antics.

2) Giant fedora hats – Whilst those wide brimmed 70’s fedora hats at first conveyed a rock n’ roll bohemian edge, the size of them has just gotten ridiculous. They are now practically walking floppy head satellite dishes – quite ridiculous. Hedi Slimane has a lot to answer for!

3) Pink – The color that dominated AW13, but from SS14 onwards, keep the pink to Wednesday’s only please. Or we’ll tell Regina George.

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4) Navajo – You’re not in a Native American tribe so take that fringed Isabel Marant sand-painting motif jumper off immediately.

5) The “exposed midriff flash” – Look, we know you’ve got an 8 pack of abs and we’re all for sportsluxe – hell the more neoprene the better – but some of us actually eat, so put your tiny midriff flashing Jonathan Saunders boob tube away!

-     Gurdeep Loyal

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