A-Z Autumn-Winter 2014 Trend Preview

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Words by Tanya Grimson
September 9th, 2014

A – ARCHITECTURAL

Clean lines and geometric shapes reflected architectural inspirations

Gianfranco Ferre
Giambattista Valli
Donna Karan

B – BLOCKS OF COLOUR

Clash your primaries or soften with neutrals, either way this season is more colourful than usual with masterful blocking all the way

Bottega Veneta
Dior
Richard Nicoll

C – CAPED CRUSADER

From seventies inspired shorter styles or Little Red Riding Hood fairytale cloaked versions, the cape is the superhero cover-up of the season

Saint Laurent
Valentino
Dolce & Gabbana

D- DARK FLORALS

Flower power has become melancholic this season as gothic dark roses and a myriad of moody petals decorated the catwalk

Dries van Noten
Valentino
Rochas

E – ELEGANT EVENINGS

From 1930s screen sirens to 70s disco goddess’s, eveningwear is long, luxe and ladylike

Dries Van Noten
Lanvin
Valentino

F – FUR BALL

Designers have gone fur mad this season featuring either head to toe fur creations or avant-garde placed fur combinations

Dolce & Gabbana
Balenciaga
Saint Laurent

G – GAME OF THRONES

Armour, brocade and medieval shapes set the scene for fairytale grandeur and gothic prowess

Blumarine
Mary Katrantzou
Dolce & Gabbana

H – His & Hers

Tailoring continues its androgynous journey as the lines between male and female dressing continue to blur, but languid shapes and draping highlight femininity amongst an otherwise boyish backdrop

Victoria Beckham
HERMES
Richard Nicoll

I – IRONIC CONSUMERISM

Over the top slogans, logos and consumer branding were seen on many a catwalk, but Jeremy Scott’s debut collection from Moschino brought ‘in your face’ consumerism to a brand new level

Chanel
Chanel
Moschino

J – JEWEL PURPOSE

Rich ruby, emerald and amethyst offer a refreshing backdrop to winter’s gloomy days and shorter nights

Donna Karan
Dior
Richard Nicoll

K- KNIT AND KNIT SOME MORE

Snuggle up this season in all forms of wool from head-to-toe silhouettes and supersized shapes, winter this year is going to be a cozy affair

Celine
Stella McCartney
The Row

L – LARGER THAN LIFE

Rounded shoulders, cocoon shapes and oversized knits emphasized our penchant for outsized silhouettes

Bottega Veneta
Chanel
Balenciaga

M – MONOCHROME MADNESS

Black on white, white on white, or white on black, whichever way you look at it, it’s a winter of extremes

Bottega Veneta
Celine
Victoria Beckham

N- NINETIES GIG

Slinky camis, chunky shoes and grungetastic layering heralded a nostalgic take on 90’s style icons

Donna Karan
Just Cavalli
The Row

O – OPULENTLY YOURS

Brocade, applique, velvet and fur created the most luxurious of canvasses for one the most decadent seasons of late

Dolce & Gabbana
Blumarine
Valentino

P – PSYCHEDELIA (OP ART)

Optical Art prints based on the legendary designs of German painter Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley in the 1960s were re-created with a modern noughties twist, using jewel tones and graphic black and white as the new canvas of choice

Dries van Noten
Acne Studios
Valentino

Q – QUILTING

No longer restricted to home-ware or accessories, quilting appeared in all forms from oversized coats, cocoon shaped dresses á la Dior, to modern athletic cuts from Miu Miu. Wrap up, belt up and get down

Opening Ceremony
Miu Miu
Alexander Wang

R – RUBY RED

Red hot and setting the catwalks alight; red was clearly the colour of the season

Dolce & Gabbana
Victoria Beckham
Prada

S – SIXTIES FLASHBACK

Designers were in a sixties revival mood this season with knee high boots, shift dresses and miniskirts all making a comeback

Saint Laurent
Gucci
Valentino

T – TOUCHY FEELY

Fashion was having a 3D moment as textures such as fringing, fur, brocade and quilting begged for you to touch them

Miu Miu
Valentino
Lanvin

U – UNDER THE RADAR

They may not be household names but these designers packed a mighty style punch this season

Haider Ackerman
Alexander Herchcovitch
JC Castelbajac

V – VINYL GOLD

From shimmering medieval finishes to studio 54 style foils, this precious metal got some gold star treatment

Rochas
Just Cavalli
Saint Laurent

W – WEATHERPROOF

Luxe utility wear that included parkas, wind cheaters and anoraks inspired many an autumn feeling and the opportunity to show off upscale downtime gear in the most glam of ways

Alexander Wang
Balenciaga
Miu Miu

X – X-RAY VISION

Chiffon sheer panels were used to spark a hint of sexy

Victoria Beckham
Valentino
Donna Karan

Y – YOU’RE OFF YOUR ROCKER

These kids are doing it for themselves…

Comme de Garcons
Jeremy Scott
Gareth Pugh

Z – ZIG ZAGS

Coloured chevron or monochrome graphic lines, zigging and zagging is the way to go if you want to break up blocks of colour

Alexander Wang
Dior
Just Cavalli