It’s nearly the end of the year, which means the fashion world is gearing up for the beginning of a brand new season. Already trend reports are filtering down from the larger fashion houses and glossy magazines, advising women all over the world on what to look out for over the coming months. And contained within these reports is a wealth of information about what accessories we should expect to be big in 2014.
Looking Back over 2013
2013 was a year of wide discrepancies in the fashion world. Economic incentives drove one end of the market, which was predominantly concerned with upcycling, vintage, thrift and shabby-chic. At the other end of the market was the usual host of couture designers showing unrivalled luxury on the catwalks of Paris, London, New York and Milan. And yet, consistencies were apparent throughout the many varied collections, speaking to a continuing tendency for fashion to regenerate in organic waves of trending must-have colours, cuts and concepts.
Perhaps the style which could be said to have exemplified 2013 was that of vintage, which could be identified in many of the major collections and which underpinned subsidiary preferences for choices about colour, fit, length and print, to name just a few examples. Whether monochrome or multi-coloured, floor sweeping or figure hugging, barely there or everywhere, vintage was present. In accessories, this was exemplified in the proliferation of simple metals, thoughtful detailing and an emphasis on accentuating this year’s most coveted body part – the décolletage.
Looking Ahead to 2014
Organic themes and recycling are still playing a major role in shaping fashion trends to come, so expect to see this carried through in accessories for SS14. Bags in particular will be less structured and fringing is set to take centre stage. In addition, although women’s footwear is set to become increasingly aligned with that of men, organic shapes will still be included as deliberate afterthoughts, such as the tassels on a pair of flat loafers.
In belts, the Obi has given way to the Gladiator ring, as spotted in collections by both Lanvin and Dolce and Gabbana. Prada has been, rather defiantly, showing athletic-inspired visors and footwear, and large, streamlined sunglasses have been thrown down the runway by everyone from Gucci to Chanel.
Ever Present Jewellery
Jewellery has taken a backseat to the dazzling array of oversized visors and teeny tiny bags, but that’s not to say it isn’t there at all. Patterns and shapes have been recreated in earrings and dripped down the neck in the form of dazzling statement chains. This season’s hottest piece, the cuff bracelet, has also been spotted. As always, if you want to stay ahead of the curve for 2014, head on over to Zayah to find out their recommendations for the coming year.