Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Directions
Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Directions
A new winter in the pipeline calls for fresh looks and new trends. The season is more nostalgic than ever, with classic looks coming back, emerging from speckled emotions. Be it the Scottish Highlands that embarks on tradition and lineage, a sudden wakefulness of culture and customs spread across the globe or the demure outlines of a woman that classify a lady-like aesthetic in women’s wear, all consequent looks have one thing in common- “the need to find your individual self.”
Moving parallel is another clan of youth culture that is abandoning the past and looking into an ‘imaginable – unimaginable’ future in search of answers, only to create unknown outcomes. Guiding spirits, not to be left unmentioned, are the athletic vibes that are taking over the new millennial consumer with sportswear breaking from its confined notions and touching the comforting lives of a layman.
In today’s scientific age, technology is no longer bound to the avant-garde. From innovative fabric manipulations to futuristic styling concepts, the digital world is taking this trend by storm. Colours and designs are generated from the world of computers, images are technically treated with the power of digital technology and the internet inspires this trend to become more interactive and 3D. The moulded metal along with the sculpted plastic inspire the digital and monochromatic designs. The colours are refracted and distracted to create a myriad metallic fabrics and sharp visions. Architectural ‘structural’ rigid forms are derived from the satellite space vehicles.
Metal is being carried into the new season with fresh interpretations and unexpected combinations, bringing along a sense of novelty. Metallic coating, complex mesh structures, smooth impeccable finishes add depth and drama and the starry spaced out prints offer a galactic touch. Traditional silhouettes are sliced and manipulated to create futuristic ones that divide the body with utmost precision to a further extent of a purely futuristic trend. A robotic stern feeling compliments the effortless edgy experience of the final look.
An evolving trend being altered through seasons, sportswear for the next Fall continues in a direction of sleek, minimal and luxury, making itself ripe for new interpretations. Evolving to become more subtle and to highlight a rather slick and sportier attitude, the luxe athletic wear is no longer channelling specific sports but is being morphed into an embodiment of casual chic. Minimal look, clean lines, basic silhouettes, rounded shoulder lines in breathable tech fabrics define the macro appeal of the theme. Geometry is explored through sporty cuts being incorporated into elegant silhouettes with mesh panelling. Sporty stripes are being used sparingly, yet not reduced in importance. A subtle touch towards femininity makes the trend rather more diverse than ever.
The look is emphasised with comfortable fabrics such as jersey and lycra knits, deluxe nylons, mesh, 3D, pique offset by leather, plastics and perspex offering an inherent persuasiveness. Skirts, tops and dresses, slick sports bras, swimsuit cuts and bodysuits, ribbed hemlines, skater skirts, skinny polo necks, hooded sweatshirts and track pants, all incorporate a blend of sports with high fashion, characterising the new ‘sports couture’.
This story takes from a celebration of tradition the increasing need to recognise your roots and for communities to reconnect. Not just a static replication of the past – but rather a dynamic and living entity which evolves with the culture. Inspired by customs, convention, music, tribes, tall tales, myths and legends, the look takes form when cultures overlap. Characterised by a mix and match of high energy patterns and prints with lavish fabrics, ‘Folklore’ reflects a people’s society. It is expressed through music, dance, drama, craft, sculpture, painting, literature and other means of creativity which generally requires little dependence on high technology. Skill tends to be passed on from generation to generation, and is mostly done by hand or simple machinery.
Haphazard patchwork of patterns and prints, multicolour stripes and zigzag designs combined with tropical florals. Silhouettes offer a time honoured approach with gathered full length skirts, off shoulder tops, turmoil of prints and patterns balanced by neat nipped waists, sheath dresses, jackets and cocoon skirts. Elements like fringes, tassels and tribal fur are essential for enhancement.
Think British, Scottish and Irish legacy, returning to heritage, classic looks will be back for Fall’14-15. Expect to see a variable army of checks and plaids from overscaled blanket and windowpane checks to the glorious Scottish checks, with hints of sportswear and punk. Traditional icons and silhouettes are revived with a contemporary twist to the classic tartans, plaids and houndstooth. Silhouettes such as sharp tailored blazers, well fitted pants and double breasted coats are inspired by royalty and tradition, whereas the traditional pleated kilt skirts and the oversized coats are retained for its well deserved glory. The biker and aviator jackets are reworked for the youth with blanket and plaid checks used as panelling.
Smart finishing and precise cuts update this look. Key fabrics used are warm heritage wools, tweed, houndstooth and also novelty. Checks have been manipulated to create an ultra sophisticated look. The plaid is being given a technological uplift by being printed. Rustic textured weaves have a dated feel to them and the silhouettes are far from keeping the outline feminine yet tailored.
Pure fantasy of the 1940’s revisited – evoking sheer elegance and depicting a provocative yet, reserved kind of fashion. ‘Boudoir’ celebrates unique pleasures that complement the essence of femininity. Inspired by a lady’s dressing room… lace peek-a-boo’s, marabou feathers, ostrich plumes, silky satins and mannish fur coats reign – as fashion comes out of the bedroom. The theme portrays a tender aesthetic depicted through transparency and delicacy, with the casual pyjama dressing given a glam treatment. Fur, the ultimate boudoir trend is lined to fluid slips and sexy negligee. Lace overlay gives a dressier look to appealing lingerie which is perfect for outerwear as daywear.
This lavish trend demands oozing feminine accessories with tantalising lace trims and the flirtation continues with bias cuts revealing skin. Body slipping fabrics and soft silhouettes highlight the sultry passion as silk, lace, velvet, chiffon and satin characterise the luxurious theme. Also, the nostalgic retro elements revolve around a lady like aesthetic to comprehend the affair…